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Number of cigarettes smoked doubles during island’s first lockdown – study

Almost one third of the population in Cyprus are smokers who doubled their daily number of cigarettes during the first coronavirus-related lockdown in March.

This is what Philenews reported on Wednesday, citing a worldwide research study where Cyprus also took part through the Department of Psychology of the University of Cyprus.

“The average number of cigarettes smoked (by the participants from Cyprus) on a daily basis had doubled. Specifically, before the pandemic the average number of cigarettes by the participants was around 10 per day, but during the first wave of the pandemic the daily average reached 20,” it said.

“Also, a percentage of 29.5% saw household incomes deteriorating while 7.5% had no access to basic goods. These are situations which cause additional anxiety and stress to citizens,” it added.

The results of the study, with the participation of 9,565 people from 78 countries and 18 different languages, appear to be similar.

They indicate that anxiety, depression are important factors towards mental health’s well-being which is tested in times of lockdown.

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