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Number of students smoking cigarettes daily falls in new ASH survey

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Publish Date
Mon, 28 Feb 2022, 9:40am
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Number of students smoking cigarettes daily falls in new ASH survey

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 28 Feb 2022, 9:40am

Teens are continuing to swap out cigarettes for vapes.

According to last year's ASH Year 10 survey, the number of students who smoke cigarettes daily fell from about 2 per cent in 2019, to 1.3 per cent in 2021.

That's accompanied by an increase in daily vaping from about three per cent to 9.6 per cent over the same time.

ASH director Deborah Hart told Mike Hosking the results are heading in the right direction despite the rise in vaping.

“We don't want them vaping at all, but what we do know from these finding is that of all those daily vapers, only 3 per cent of them have never smoked.”

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