Smoking among young teens hits record low as vaping increases

The New Zealand Herald reports that smoking among young teens has fallen to a record low, reaching the Smokefree 2025 goal of less than 5 per cent smoking daily, a new study has found.

Action for Smokefree 2025 (ASH) surveyed over 26,600 Year 10 students from 50 per cent of New Zealand's high schools.

The study found that the number of 13- and 14-year-olds who smoke cigarettes daily dropped from around 2 per cent in 2019, to 1.3 per cent in 2021.

It also found significant declines in smoking by students of all ethnicities, only 3.4 per cent of Māori students which is a 40 per cent decrease compared to 2019.

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