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Cigarette sales increased during pandemic as fewer smokers sought help quitting 03/13/2021

Published March 23, 2021

The number of people seeking help to quit smoking plummeted 27% last year as the public grappled with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report says.

About 190,000 fewer Americans last year called toll-free smoking cessation help lines compared to the year before, and cigarette sales increased after years of decline, according to a North American Quitline Consortium report issued Friday.

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