Statistics on Smoking 2017: more cessation efforts, fewer smokers

October 22, 2018

In 2017, 35.7% of all smokers made a serious attempt to quit smoking, 23.1% of the population 18 years and older smoked, and 3.1% of adults 18 years and older (at least sometimes) smoked an e-cigarette.

This is shown by the latest Smoking in the Netherlands: Key statistics 2017

In a serious attempt to quit smoking, a person does not smoke for 24 hours or longer. In 2017 more smokers made a serious attempt to quit smoking than in 2016 and 2015 when respectively 32.5% and 32.1% of smokers attempted to quit.

Higher educated smokers attempt to quit slightly more often (38.7%) than lower educated smokers (31.6%). Age also is an important factor in quitting to smoke. Those in the 25-29 year old age group most often attempted to quit (44.1%), while people 65 and older did so the least (27.1%).

This month, smokers can participate in the Stoptober campaign: a 28-days common approach of non-smoking. Support in quitting can also be found at

Decrease in smoking prevalence

In 2017, the percentage of smokers was 23.1%, an estimated total of over 3.1 million people. This is a downward trend compared to 2014, when 25.7% of adults smoked.

Of all smokers, 74.6% smoked daily. Women smoke less often than men (19.2% versus 27.0%). Daily smoking also is less frequent among women than among men (14.5% versus 19.9%).

Use of e-cigarette

In 2017, 3.1% of adults 18 years and older occasionally smoked an e-cigarette. This is no significant change compared to 2016 (3.5%). Since in earlier years use of the e-cigarette has not been studied in the Lifestyle Monitor, nothing can be said about this trend.

It is clear, however, that ‘regular’ smokers and daily smokers in particular used an e-cigarette (at least sometimes). They do so more frequent than non-daily smokers. 

Lifestyle Monitor

The data in this fact sheet are derived from the Health Survey/Lifestyle Monitor (Gezondheidsenquête/Leefstijlmonitor), Statistics Netherlands (CBS), in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Trimbos Institute, 2017. The key figures for smoking in this fact sheet are based on the age group of 18 years and older, which corresponds with the State of Public Health and Healthcare (Staat van Volksgezondheid en Zorg).

Key statistics 2017

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