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Report: Calls to smoking ‘quit lines’ drop appreciably during pandemic

Report: Calls to smoking ‘quit lines’ drop appreciably during pandemic

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March 12 (UPI) -- The number of smokers seeking information about quitting has declined by nearly 30% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last March, according to a report released Friday by the North American Quitline Consortium. Just over 525,000 calls were made to state smoking "quit lines" through 1-800-QUIT-NOW in 2020, a 27% decrease from 2019 numbers, when 715,000 calls were logged, and the lowest level seen since 2007, the report showed. Advertisement Call volumes dropped in parallel with the timeline of the pandemic, with a 6% decrease in the first quarter of 2020, followed by declines of 39%, 30% and 21% in quarters two, three and four of last year, respectively, compared with 2019. In 2019, just under one-third of callers were Medicaid enrollees and nearly half reported a ...