A 'watershed moment:' Smoking among year 10 students falls to all-time low

Rachel Thomas writes for Stuff that smoking among year 10 students has fallen to its lowest levels in more than 20 years, while more young people admit to experimenting with vaping, according to a major national survey.

Just 1.3 per cent of year 10s – aged between 13 and 14-years-old, are smoking daily down from 2 per cent in 2019, according to the snapshot survey, run by independent campaign organisation ASH (Action for Smokefree 2025).

More students than ever before admitted to trying vaping – 42.7 per cent, but the lion’s share of this appeared to be one-off experimental use.

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