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More smokers in the Netherlands

Monday 05 November 2012

The number of smokers in the Netherlands will have risen to 26.2% of the adult population by the end of this year, anti-smoking lobby Stivoro says on its website.

In 2011, the percentage of over-18s who smoke was 25%, but that will go up by 170,000 people this year, research by TNS Nipo shows.

The organisation blames the increase on the relaxation of the smoking ban in small cafes and the removal of help with stopping smoking from the basic health insurance package.

‘Government policy appears to have directly influenced the number of smokers,’ Stivoro director Dewi Segaar, said in a statement.

Are you an ex or a relapsed smoker? Share your experiences using the comment box below.

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Readers' Comments

And this is why EU should not ban snus. Sweden has the least amount of smokers in Europe because of snus. Snus has far less healthrisks, and it doesn't effect others (second-hand smoking).. There is to this date no proven side-effects of snus, only inconclusive findings. As a swede living in Holland, i find it repulsive that snus cannot even be ordered online anymore, while cigarettes (with proven side-effects and health issues) are being sold to 16 year olds. Time to wake up and see WHY the tobacco related healthissues are so different in Sweden compared to the other EU countries.

By Sara | 5 November 2012 9:48 AM

Smokers pay tax and they also die early. It's a win/win for the government as statistically they don't get all their tax money back as pension. The more people that smoke the better, it leaves more services and money for those of us not voluntarily killing ourselves.

By joost | 5 November 2012 6:52 PM

Typically chronic smokers consume huge amounts of health care before they die.

Really a shot in the foot of the gouvenrment to remove this from the basic health care - short term tiny savings versus long term vast costs.

By nd | 6 November 2012 9:04 AM

Perhaps these smokers should pay slightly higher insurance premiums than the rest of us non-smokers? That is how they do it in America and it is good sense to charge those who will need more medical care more money on their premiums.

By Mary | 6 November 2012 12:29 PM

Fully agree with joost, OK if people want to voluntarily kill themselves smoking 30 or 40 cigarettes a day. All that money they get from the smokers in tax and the fact that most of them die before pension age saves the government pay back pension benefits in tax.

By almorr | 6 November 2012 4:31 PM

Smokers should have their right to smoke in the privacy of their homes or in joints that explicitly allow smoking. However, smoking in public places should be banned when they could cause second hand smoke injury to innocent bystanders. Especially callous smokers who smoke in front of babies and children near bus and train stops should be held accountable.

By Sekar | 11 November 2012 7:41 PM

I was a heavy (Dutch) smoker until I started using Swedish Snus 5 years ago. I hope that in the future we will be able again to order swedish snus online or buy it in local shops. Until then I have to use snus from Denmark with a lesser quality. The ban on snus is madness!!!

By Gerard de Boer | 18 November 2012 1:58 PM

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