Smoking rate among young people remains high

Figures from the RIVM and CBS show that the number of smokers among young people, aged between 20 and 24, remains high.

The Trimbos Institute, the knowledge centre on tobacco, drugs, alcohol and mental health, remarked that the number of youth who smoke has not decreased, as reported by NOS.

Marc Wilmsen from the Institute expressed his concern over young adults smoking. “It is especially important for this group to stop smoking because tobacco addiction continues to develop during this period. The longer they smoke, the more difficult it is to get rid of it again.”

In the age group between 25 and 29, more and more people smoke every day. According to Wilmsen, that’s why it’s important for youngsters to stop smoking in time.

Stress an underlying factor in smoking

Around a third of young smokers tried to quit last year. Of the young adults who did not try to quit smoking, the Institute believes that they mainly smoke to relax. According to Wilmsen “This suggests an underlying problem, namely stress among young adults.”

The Institute is also struggling to reach young smokers with more info and campaigns. “There is little enthusiasm in this group to call in help to quit smoking. This is worrying because quitting without help regularly fails. At the same time, it is the group where the tobacco industry focuses its marketing, for example through influencers on social media.”

Follow DutchReview on Facebook for the latest news in the Netherlands.

Feature Image: emil_erv/Pixabay

 

Vlad Moca-Grama
Vlad Moca-Grama
Vlad was born and raised in Brasov, Romania and came to the Hague to study. When he isn't spending time missing mountains or complaining about the lack of urban exploration locations in the Netherlands, you can find him writing at Dutch Review.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Latest posts

Faking your way to a vaccine: people have been jumping the queue for months

A breach has allowed potentially thousands of people to skip the queue and receive their coronavirus vaccinations ahead of schedule.  Coronavirus vaccinations have been available...

Sick of the rain? Vacations in Greece are now possible with a Dutch vaccination certificate

In need of some vitamin D? From today on, people who have received their second corona vaccination will be able to travel to Greece...

Weekly update: infections, deaths and hospitalisations drop as hoped

The RIVM has released its weekly coronavirus figures from May 12 to May 18. The number of infections has dropped compared to the previous week. Over the...
X