Study: Pandemic has Resulted in More People Smoking, Drinking


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Despite a spike in sales of exercise equipment, a new study reveals Americans have actually exercised less since the pandemic began. In fact, the study – conducted by UCLA researchers – found most Americans consumed more alcohol and smoked more cigarettes over the past 18 months. U.S. alcohol consumption is up by 23 percent, while cigarette smoking has climbed 9 percent, according to the study. Meanwhile, the amount of exercise dropped by nearly a third, while Americans are spending 60 percent more time sitting at their computers, researchers say. Other countries have seen similar rises during the pandemic, according to the study.


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