Changes in Smoking Cessation–Related Behaviors Among US Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Key Points

Question  Did smoking cessation–related behaviours change during the COVID-19 pandemic in the US?

Findings  This cross-sectional study among 788 008 US adult smokers found that the annual prevalence of past-year quit attempts decreased for the first time since 2011, from 65.2% in 2019 to 63.2% in 2020.

Simultaneously, observed sales of nicotine replacement therapy brands from representative retail scanner data across 31 US states also decreased by 1% to 13% compared with expected sales.

Meaning  These findings suggest a decrease in smoking cessation activity during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to reengage smokers in evidence-based quitting strategies.

Citation
Bandi P, Asare S, Majmundar A, et al. Changes in Smoking Cessation–Related Behaviors Among US Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(8):e2225149. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.25149
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United States