Smoking on the rise in Amsterdam

17 July 2013, by

There are more people smoking in Amsterdam now than there were five years ago.

The GGD (Public Health Service) concluded from recent research that while the number of smokers in the Netherlands as a whole is decreasing, the numbers in Amsterdam are doing the opposite.

In 2008, 27 per cent of Amsterdammers smoked; now it is 28 per cent. The Dutch average is much lower at 23 per cent.

An increase of one per cent is not usually a cause for concern, but that depends on where the percentage lies. People older than 65 are smoking less, as are women between 25 and 64, but Amsterdammers between 19 and 34 are where the entire increase is located.

Five years ago, 29 per cent of young Amsterdammers were smokers; now it’s 39 per cent. That’s the same percentage of people who used to smoke in Amsterdam in 1994.


In response to the report, the Bonger Institute at the University of Amsterdam, which monitors the levels of smoking among people in bars and clubs in Amsterdam, commented that while the warning signs had been there, they had not expected such a large growth.

Their research had noted a recent increase in smokers in clubs, while the number of smokers in bars has been rising since 2010.

This increase in smokers covers the same period as the government’s 2008 ban on cigarette smoking in hotels and restaurants, although allowing it in small cafes and bars that are run by their owners, on the grounds that they have no staff.

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In practice, however, the ban is widely flouted in bigger bars, cafes and nightclubs.

Extension of smoking ban

Combatting this, the government will reinstate the ban on smoking in bars and cafes across the entire hospitality industry in July 2014. Once the ban is reintroduced, smoking will only be permitted in separate sealed-off smoking areas without table service.

In the Netherlands as a whole, the number of venues allowing smoking has dropped. Last year, 61 per cent of cafes and clubs banned smoking inside; this year, it was 73 per cent. The number of smoking areas in pubs, however, has almost doubled.

Whether the ban will reduce the number of young, urban Amsterdammers smoking remains to be seen.

Sources: De Telegraaf, Het Parool, DutchNews

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July 17 2013, 08:00PM

World Atlas: More People Smoking Cigarettes than Ever

There are more people smoking now than ever before, despite health warnings and the rising price of cigarettes. In 1980, 4,453 billion cigarettes went up in smoke, which increased to 6,319 billion in 2010. By 2020, you can expect to find nearly seven billion cigarette ends littering the world.

Top of the charts in terms of nicotine addiction are Asia and Australia, which is where 57 percent of cigarettes are smoked today.

These alarming statistics are among many of the intriguing facts laid bare in the ninth edition of Dan Smith's The State of the World Atlas.

Elsewhere, the book reports that 19 percent of Americans say they could not feed their families in 2011, despite living in one of the world's richest countries. Meanwhile, 20 percent of India's population remains undernourished, despite its Gross National Income rising by 450 percent since 1990.

An even more shocking revelation is that 2.5 billion people live on less than £1.25 a day, which represents one in three of the global population.

July 17 2013, 08:01PM

This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

“I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study...........................

Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.


A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

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