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More than a million people in the UK have quit smoking since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, new study shows

Added 08-08-20 04:14:02am EST - “Almost half (41%) of them said they quit as a direct response to heightened health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “More than a million people in the UK have quit smoking since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, new study shows”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The 38-year-old author from London first took up the habit as a way to unwind from college exams. But as the years went by he found that it helped him focus, and it became essential to his writing process.

"Smoking inspires my writing ... and drives me out of dark moods when I hit writer blocks or doubt my efforts," Dutt told Business Insider.

But as COVID-19 gripped the world, Dutt — who had tried quitting in the past, but never managed to do so — decided it was finally time to give up.

"I don't want to be one of those people in a ward with an oxygen mask over my face struggling to tell my loved ones what I'm feeling," Dutt said. "COVID-19 has brought the issue of personal health into focus for me like never before."

He is not alone. According to a recent survey by the UK charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), conducted between April 15 to June 20, more than one million people in Britain have given up smoking.

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