Over half of smokers in Ireland smoked more than usual over the recent Christmas period, with most blaming this on increased socialising, new research has found.No, really?
According to a survey of over 1,000 adults, 55% smoked more than usual over the festive period, with almost seven in 10 putting this down to more socialising. Some 40% said they would smoke at least a full extra pack of cigarettes during Christmas week then they would in a normal week.Hmm, what a conundrum for tobacco control. How do they prevent this? Well, enforced restrictions on home smoking might help, eh?
Other reasons for an increase in the habit at this time of the year included 'boredom', 'no work restrictions' and 'I'm treating myself'.
Oh yeah, and ban Christmas! When health is the only issue worthy of consideration these days, it's a no brainer, isn't it?