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VUMC Study: COVID-19 pandemic brought changes in cigarette smoking

Smokers who believed they were at increased risk of getting COVID-19 during the pandemic, or having a more severe case, were more likely to quit while those who perceived more stress increased smoking, according to new research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study, conducted by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, informs health care providers with insights about how to help smokers during the pandemic.