Silver Lining

Smoking surge in young during Covid lockdown

England saw a rise in young adults taking up smoking during the first lockdown, according to a study.

The number of 18 to 34-year-olds who classed themselves as smokers increased by a quarter, from 21.5% to 26.8%, says Cancer Research UK.

The data does not explain why the changes occurred but experts believe many turned to cigarettes in response to stress.

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18 Responses to Silver Lining

  1. Mark Jarratt says:

    Maybe the new cohort of gaspers also realised CV19 collectivist absolutist “health treatments” are closely modelled on the anti smoking top down control template, including double speak like “CV19 free” (less free, same as smoke free, a euphemism for removing all choice).

    Zero risk bias and the illusion of control are delusions of grandeur, which should disqualify those so afflicted from senior office.

  2. Claudia says:

    ” … are closely modelled on the anti smoking top down control template”
    I’m so glad not to be the only one to see this.

    • Mark Jarratt says:

      Too true Claudia. Common features include relentless propaganda, exaggeration of risk, punishment of heresy, a guru or priestly class (custodians of the “Holy Writ” GIGO models), and open hostility to personal autonomy.

      The “unclean” must be marginalised and punished. This is all a predictable consequence of allowing neurotic mysophobic zealots to dictate public policy, when they should be dismissed as cranks.

    • Joe L. says:

      You are absolutely not the only one who sees it, Claudia. In fact, I posted a comment about the striking similarities here over a year ago.

      • Mark Jarratt says:

        Missed your comprehensive post from July 2020 the first time Joe L. – yes your observations are extremely accurate! 🚬😷

  3. Doonhamer says:

    Were there not also reports, early on, about smokers being less likely to be badly affected by the coronavirus.
    No doubt such reports were quickly dissappeared, along with quinine derivatives and invermectin.
    Big pharma trumps big tobacco.

    • Joe L. says:

      Last summer I compiled the details of eleven studies which indicated a negative correlation between smoking and COVID-19 severity. Frank was kind enough to host it on his blog. You can find it by clicking “Covid-19” in the menu above, or by clicking this link.

      There may be even more studies by now which have similar findings (if they haven’t been suppressed), but I haven’t had an opportunity to do more research.

    • beobrigitte says:

      I wouldn’t recommend Hydroxychloroquine and less even Ivermectin. Although having severe coagulation deficiency history in my family thus refusing AZ vaccine I ended up caving in.
      My friends monitored me for three weeks and after the initial 24 hours of severe reaction I was fine. Had my second dose the end of July.

      Otherwise the pandemic has been bliss. I still don’t go inside a pub but have discovered that the public is becoming much friendlier, especially since ASH’s latest attempt to ban smoking outdoors.
      I guess, when a country has so many problems with so many incompetents in power to solve, smoking is no longer a relevant issue.

      • Frank Davis says:

        Glad to hear that you’re well.

        • beobrigitte says:

          Thank you. Of course I’m well! I (still) know my job and everything that went with it by heart. I use it. And of course there has been a tragic death before last Christmas and a funeral I couldn’t go to because of covid restrictions. We all knew it and we got on with it.

          Again, of course, the internet is bliss. At least I get to see my grandchildren on a screen. My youngest faced deportation despite having an English birth certificate. His English wife was not amused.
          I received another letter for the electoral register (I have indefinite leave to stay although it was a pain to find the site from where I could print it to put it into my passport) that tells me that I am eligible for voting. Erm……

          Otherwise life is good. Out on my bike on trails, picking blackberries/Mirabella/soon apples for jam, Sea beet/Samphire/Wild Radish to add to meals and noticing that mosquitoes have arrived. (I grew up with them, you lot will have to get used to them.)
          Out walking with friends – enjoying life, happily smoking.
          I’m done with endless circles. Now is a good time to destroy the anti-smokers, have you spotted this?

  4. Александра Собина says:

    Good news have to say. It is better to see young smokers than young muzzled ones around.

  5. Stephen Helfer says:

    Let’s hope more join them.

  6. Lepercolonist says:

    Cigarettes are known to relieve stress. Ask any WWI or WWII veteran.

  7. Clicky says:

  8. RdM says:

    Apropos of nothing, except carrying on, I’m reminded of this NZ band from a few decades ago, the Headless Chickens. A birthday recently.
    More entertaining than the always stupid repeating gifs, I hope.

    Cruise Control.


    Carry On … ;=})

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