23 Jan 2020

Study finds no youth vaping epidemic in NZ

From First Up, 5:44 am on 23 January 2020

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A major study into youth smoking has debunked speculation of a rising youth vaping epidemic in New Zealand. The annual study - funded by the Ministry of Health - surveyed nearly 30 thousand Year 10 Students about the use of e-cigarettes or vapes for six years. It found more than 95 per cent of students who smoked daily had tried vaping - compared to just 25% per cent who had never smoked tobacco. Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Dr Natalie Walker told our reporter Anneke Smith the findings show daily use of vaping in youth remains low.