25 pc of smokers smoke outside
12 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – Almost a quarter (23.8 percent) of household smokers smoke outside. In 2004 this was the case for just 14 percent of households.
12 October 2007
AMSTERDAM – Almost a quarter (23.8 percent) of household smokers smoke outside. In 2004 this was the case for just 14 percent of households.
The Foundation for Public Health and Smoking (Stivoro) reported this on Thursday on the basis of a survey carried out by marketing researcher TNS.Nipo.
Forty percent of the smokers feel that they do not smoke in the presence of non-smokers. Seven out of ten non-smokers indicated that smoking in the presence of non-smokers is unacceptable.
A large majority of smokers feel it is unacceptable to smoke in the presence of vulnerable groups such as children under 2 (82.4 percent), children between 2 and 16 (62.8 percent) and pregnant women (73.7 percent).
Stivoro will next week launch a campaign "Smoke outside" which supports this trend. The campaign is aimed at preventing passive smoking and at creating a smoke free environment inside.
With the campaign Stivoro director Lies van Gennip wants to show that it is normal to smoke outside and that this norm applies everywhere. "Passive smoking is harmful and it does not matter whether you are at home with your family, at work or in the car."
The director of the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF), Ton Haselaar, argues that the number of (passive) smokers must be reduced because passive smoking causes lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases and pulmonary complaints.
On Monday the site rokendoejebuiten.nl will be launched, giving information, advice and help when creating a smoke free environment.
The campaign "Smoke outside" is funded by the Netherlands Heart Foundation and the Dutch Cancer Society among others.
[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news