Report on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Smoking Cessation

A new report released from the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC), confirms just over 525,000 calls were made to state quitlines through 1-800-QUIT-NOW in 2020, a 27% decrease from 2019 numbers and the lowest level seen since 2007. The group compiled data from 53 state and territorial quitlines in the U.S., including the 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Messaging on the importance of smoking cessation during the pandemic needs to be amplified. By increasing efforts to implement such messaging while offering effective tobacco cessation services, public health and health care professionals can ensure that the health gains from tobacco cessation continue. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged progress on smoking cessation in 2020, but this does not need to be the case in 2021

Read the full report HERE