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The health dangers of smoking cigarettes have been well-documented and, to a large extent, that message has been well-received. The percentage of Americans who smoke has been dropping for decades.

Yet, that trend appears to have taken a hit last year. [...] "Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things a person can do, and it's hard to quit when everything is going well in life," Linda Bailey, CEO of the North American Quitline Consortium, told The Washington Post.

"The stress and anxiety created by the pandemic really caused people not to be able to think about quitting. They were worried about the pandemic. [...]