Virus pushing smokers to quit
Smokers have become more willing to quit amid the COVID-19 outbreak as health becomes the first priority, according to a recent survey and related studies by Fudan University's Health Communication Institute in Shanghai.
The online survey, which was published on Saturday ahead of this year's World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, showed that around 18% of respondents said they had a stronger willingness to quit smoking after the epidemic outbreak, and 14% said they had attempted to abandon smoking in recent months.
The average number of cigarettes smoked per day decreased from 14.2 to 13.5, according to the survey, which had nearly 1,500 respondents from 31 provincial-level regions.
The top three reasons to reduce smoking were a higher awareness of health during the epidemic; the inappropriateness to smoke at home during isolation; and the inconvenience of smoking as one is required to wear a mask outdoors.