Meanwhile, the data of the Iss itself, made in collaboration with the Mario Negri Institute, the San Raffaele University, the Institute for the study, prevention and oncological network and the Doxa, say that the duration of the quarantine has fallen since 23, 3% the percentage of smokers of “blondes”. But if 630,000 have stopped lighting traditional cigarettes, 9% of the population, or about 3.9 million Italians, have increased or started consuming tobacco. In fact, 8.55% have increased the number of cigarettes lit every day and 218 thousand have joined the ranks of smokers. E-cigarette users were 8.1% before the lockdown, rose to 9.1%, an increase that corresponds to about 436 thousand more vapors. Among e-cig users, 38.9% have increased the number of “puffs”, as the “pulls” in the jargon of vapors are called. 18% started using it regularly, 17% as an occasional consumer became habitual, 13% had never tried it before the lockdown.
Heated tobacco users are also on the rise, the now popular I-qos, so to speak. They were 4.1% of Italians, are now 4.4%, an increase of 130,800 smokers. The percentage of those who use tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, informs the ISS, “is significantly higher among those who have declared that they have an alcohol consumption at risk, to consume cannabis or to practice gambling”.