The effects of the coronavirus Lockdown have been felt all around the globe. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on people’s mental health and sense of normalcy, leading them to revert to new and familiar behaviors to cope.
Following the COVID-19 Lockdown order in California, smokers reported consuming more cigarettes, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Researchers from UC Merced’s Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC) studied adult smokers’ habits in an 11-county region of Central California before and after the California COVID-19 lockout order went into effect.
According to the research, adults who replied to the survey after the state-mandated stay-at-home order went into force had more excellent cigarette use rates than those surveyed before the lockout went into force. In the case of e-cigarettes, the researchers discovered the opposite. After the Lockdown, adults who replied to the survey had lower e-cigarette consumption rates than those who responded to the study before the stay-at-home order.
This is significant because smoke-free legislation, such as those barring smoking in the workplace, may be an effective strategy for protecting people from harmful secondhand smoke and encouraging smokers to cut down on their cigarette consumption or quit entirely.