New study shows a third of Kiwi students have tried vaping

By March 31, 2020 Recent News

TVNZ One News 31 March 2020
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A new study shows about a third of Kiwi high school students have tried vaping, but two thirds of those had never smoked tobacco.

The study was carried out by researchers from four New Zealand universities in 2019, and included 7700 adolescents aged between 13-18 in 52 Auckland, Northland and Waikato schools.

The universities involved in the research were the University of Auckland, Victoria University Wellington, University of Otago and AUT.

Vaping has been recommended as an alternative to smoking tobacco by the Government and health agencies, but they are trying to steer away from people taking up vaping if they are not already smokers – especially young people.

About ten per cent of the students surveyed said they vaped regularly, and six per cent said they vape weekly or more often.

Males were more likely to vape than females, and students from lower decile schools were more likely than those from higher decile schools.

Researchers cited a recent New Zealand study which showed the long-term decline in smoking among Year 10 students, which began in 2000, had stalled in 2015, and that it may even be reversing.