Dutch youth’s smoking behaviour during a partial covid-19 lockdown

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  • Tessa R.D. van Deelen
    Department of Public Health, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1159-9648
  • Bas van den Putte
    Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3635-6880
  • Anton E. Kunst
    Department of Public Health, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Mirte A. G. Kuipers
    Department of Public Health, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

ABSTRACT

Previous research found that adult smokers increased their smoking in response to the Covid-19 lockdown in spring 2020. This study explored changes in youth’s smoking during, compared to before, the partial lockdown in the Netherlands in a cross-sectional sample of 287 adolescents. Smoking prevalence increased from 4.5% to 5.2%. Cigarette consumption remained the same on school days and increased with +1.9 cigarettes per weekend day. The largest increase in cigarette consumption on weekend days was observed for adolescents who 1) did not consider smoking a risk factor for contracting Covid-19 (+4.5), 2) had smoking siblings (+4.1), and 3) had smoking friends (+2.4). Youth without smoking friends (-0.8) and who considered smoking a risk factor for Covid-19 (-0.2) decreased their cigarette consumption.

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