The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Smoking drops among Dutch kids, youth

Advocates present Dutch MPs with a petition on World No Tobacco Day 2012.Advocates present Dutch MPs with a petition on World No Tobacco Day 2012. (c) STIVOROSmoking among Dutch children and adolescents (under age 20) fell greatly between 2012 and 2013, from 11 percent daily smoking in 2012 to 9 percent in 2013, according to recent data.

A spectacular drop in daily smoking was seen among 16-year-olds: from 23 percent to 12 percent. The data comes from the Dutch Youth Smoking Monitor of the Trimbos Institute.

“It seems that the common efforts of tobacco control stakeholders in former years, including campaigns, tax increases and smoke-free schoolyard initiatives, are bearing fruit,” said Dewi Segaar, senior consultant, policy and research, at the Alliance Smokefree Holland.

Dewi noted that from 1 January 2014 children under the age of 18 were prohibited from buying tobacco.

“We hope that this will help to further decrease smoking among kids, but the Alliance Smokefree Holland believes this will only happen when there is strong enforcement of this new law, when campaigns continue and when taxes rise substantially on a regular basis,” added Dewi.

Read also: 18+ to buy tobacco in the Netherlands.

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