The COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. generated massive sales in home appliances and indoor gym equipment, due to extensive social distancing schemes.
However, it also led to an increase in sales of cigarettes in the country.
For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. reported an increase in cigarettes sales in 2020, up point-4 percent on year.
While the increase is slight, it's a reversal of a long-running downward trend in sales that the country has been seeing.
U.S. adult smoking rates have been on a decline since 2000, and now stand at around 14-percent.
While the Federal Trade Commission didn't detail why sales increased in 2020,.. experts say the rising trend is similar to consumer behavior ushered in by the pandemic.
They added that increased isolation, stress and uncertainty caused the perfect storm for substance use disorders, such as smoking.
In addition to an increase in cigarette sales, retail alcohol sales also shot up 14-percent in 2020.