UK children exposed to second-hand smoke during COVID-19 lockdown

A report from YouGov using data from their ‘COVID tracker’ suggests that lock-down has led to more frequent exposure to second-hand smoke among children. Since lock-down, people who live with children are twice as likely to report exposure to second-hand smoke than people who do not live with children. Around one in ten smokers with children report that they have smoked indoors more frequently since lock-down measures were put in place.

Further data from YouGov’s ‘COVID Tracker’ estimate that more than 2 million people in the UK have increased their smoking frequency during the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 5 million have not changed their daily consumption, and 1.9 million people have cut down.