March 13, 2014
Youth smoking rates decline
The latest ASH survey of smoking among year 10 students has found only 3.2 per cent of Year 10 students were smoking daily in 2013 compared with 4.1 per cent in 2012.
The rate for Maori students was 8.5 percent, compared to 30.3 percent in 1999.
Regular smoking among Maori year 10s was also down to 14.7 percent compared to 42.8 percent in 1999.
Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia says it’s a great result and shows rangatahi are making conscious positive decisions for their futures by choosing not to smoke.
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