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4 Myths about Tobacco Use and Employee Mental Health

4 Myths about Tobacco Use and Employee Mental Health

No surprise: the need for employee mental health support has skyrocketed since the pandemic struck.

But not everyone is using healthy means to cope with today’s unrelenting stress.

During the pandemic, 28% of former smokers surveyed relapsed, and 32% of surveyed smokers increased their smoking, according to a Journal of General Internal Medicine study.

Meanwhile, the nonprofit North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) found a steep drop in calls during 2020 and 2021 to state quitlines. Calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, for example, dropped by 26% compared to 2018, which translates to a drop of over 190,000 calls.

Who still smokes anyway?

Depending on what part of the country you live in or the industry you work in, you may be wondering: Who really smokes anymore anyway? Smoke-free laws and restrictive smoking policies have quite literally pushed tobacco users into the back alley, out of sight for many of us.

But about 47 million Americans—that’s 19% of adults 18 and older—still use some form of tobacco. Cigarettes remain the most common tobacco product; however, e-cigarette use is climbing among young adults.

Here are 4 myths and truths about employee mental health and stress smoking that may surprise you.

4 truths about employee mental health and stress smoking

Ways to improve employee mental health by helping tobacco users quit

The EX Program helps tobacco users build resilience through live chat coaching with expert quit-tobacco specialists. Participants also gain 24/7 peer support from our active EX Community, personalized texts and emails, up to 8 weeks of quit medication delivered right to their home, and more.

Schedule a time today to see our demo to know how you can offer a proven, quit-tobacco program that helps people live lives free from smoking, vaping and nicotine.


Jessie Saul, Ph.D.
Jessie Saul, Ph.D.

Director, Strategic Insights

Dr. Jessie Saul brings 19 years of experience in research, program evaluation, and strategic implementation around tobacco cessation. She applies this deep understanding to improve EX Program performance and reduce tobacco use among populations. She earned her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.

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