Not everyone will live a healthier life during the pandemic: for example, almost 1 in 5 Dutch people say they have started smoking more. Although the number of cigarettes smoked has declined in recent years, it is now higher.
This is evident from a to analyse from Independer. This analysis was based on data from all GGDs, in collaboration with Statistics Netherlands and RIVM. Tomorrow is Stoptober, a month when many Dutch people quit smoking.
About a third of Dutch smokers attempt to quit smoking every year. The corona measures made this year even more difficult: 1 in 5 smokers started to smoke more during the pandemic. Particularly in Hoogeveen (Drenthe), this was the case. According to the Dutch chimney, 25.5 percent Hoogeveners say they light a cigarette at times. This is the highest percentage in the country.
Waalre, North Brabant, is on the opposite side. Only 8.7 per cent of Waal residents have ever smoked. This is nearly half of the 16.7 percent national average. Between 2021-2025, the Dutch smokers’ percentage also fell by 26.4 per cent. From almost one in four Dutch smokers in 2012 to now, it is just 1 in 6.
There are three main reasons people stop smoking: more expensive cigarettes, smoke-free food and better health. It is important to note that the basic insurance will fully reimburse professional guidance for quitting smoking. Mirjam Prins is a health insurance specialist at Independer. “And since last year, there is no deductible anymore. Help with quitting does not actually cost you any money.”
There is a small catch: the basic insurance only reimburses one attempt per year. It’s important to keep it going.