More young smokers in the Netherlands

More young smokers in the Netherlands

36 per cent of young people between the ages of 18 and 25 smoke regularly. In the period 2014-2015, the number of smokers in this age had risen again.

That is according to figures from the Central Bureau for Statistics, Trimbos-institute and RIVM.

It is for the first time in years that there is an increase noted in the number of young smokers. Between 2001 and 2006, the decline in the number of 42% to 34% and from 2011 to 2013, the number remained stable at 32 percent.

Young people appear to be according to the figures of the CBS more to smoking than the group of 25+. 25 percent of this group smoked.

A spokesman for CBS, let them know that there is a new enquêtemanier is used, what is possible the results are affected.


The number of young smokers arouses concerns on at CBS. “More than a third is a lot. It is unhealthy and risky to smoking to experiment. Tobacco is a very addictive drug,” says a spokesperson to The Telegraph.

Also drinking 18 – to 25-year-olds more. More than 14 percent falls in the category of ‘excessive drinker’. That is true for nine percent of 25 years of age and older. One falls in the category of excessive drinker when there are more than 21 glasses per week drink (men) or more than 14 drinks per week (women).

Furthermore, it appears from the research that 23 percent of 18 – to 25-year-olds in the twelve months preceding the survey cannabis has been used. A small five percent of the 25-year olds used the softdrug in that period.

Striking difference between the young adults and 25-year olds is that the first group more often multiple drugs are used. 17 percent used two drugs, compared to six percent of the 25-plus-group. 65 percent of 18 – to 25-year-olds that two resources used, indicates both smoking as cannabis use.

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