23 Jan 2020

Auckland principals concerned about student vaping

From Morning Report, 8:20 am on 23 January 2020

Auckland Principals remain concerned about vaping use amongst students, despite new research that daily use remains low among 14 to 15 years olds.

The study - funded by the Ministry of Health - surveyed nearly 30,000 Year 10 Students for six years.

It found more than 95 percent of students who smoked daily had tried vaping - compared with just 25 percent who had never smoked tobacco.

Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Dr Natalie Walker says concerns about a "vaping epidemic" are not borne out by the data.

Richard Dykes is the principal of Glendowie College and the President of the Auckland Secondary Schools' Association.