Anecdotal evidence suggests young people are smoking more

By Sophia Ramirez

Young adults cite many reasons for starting to smoke, including stress and pessimism about the pandemic and other current events. (Ellie Crowther/UNC Media Hub)




After a decades-long, largely successful public health campaign against smoking, 2020 hit, and cigarette sales went up for the first time in 20 years. Now, anecdotal evidence is pointing researchers in the direction of a trend: A new generation of young adults may be among those smoking more.

Sophia Ramirez has more.

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