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Changes in smoking cessation–related behaviors during pandemic

JAMA Network Open

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JAMA Network

About The Study: Researchers found in this study of 788,000 adult smokers that the annual prevalence of past-year quit attempts decreased in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the first decrease since 2011. Simultaneously, compared with expected sales, observed sales of nicotine replacement therapy brands from representative retail scanner data across 31 states decreased. These findings suggest that smokers experiencing disproportionately negative outcomes during the pandemic should be reengaged and assisted in quit attempts.

Authors: Priti Bandi, Ph.D., of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, is the corresponding author.

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