Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Youth smoking hits record low

Hon Tariana Turia
Associate Minister of Health

01 March 2012 Media Statement

Youth smoking hits record low

The 2011 Year 10 ASH Smoking Survey results, released today, show a record drop in youth smoking – especially among Maori girls.

The overall rate of youth smoking has dropped one-and-a-half percent to 4.1% (from 5.5% in 2010), the largest drop in almost a decade.

The group making the biggest strides however were the 14-15 year old Maori females, historically the group with the highest rates of smoking. Their smoking rates have dropped dramatically from 16.3% in 2010, down to 11.3% in 2011.

“This is an outstanding result and I am so proud to see our rangatahi leading the way,” Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia comments.

“This is the biggest year-to-year decline in daily youth smoking since 2003. Smoking may have been a part of our past, but it’s not a part of their future,” Mrs Turia adds.

The 2011 survey results not only show that youth smoking is declining at unprecedented rates, but they also reveal a sharp increase in the number of those who have never smoked – from 64.3% in 2010, to 70.4% in 2011.

“This Government is serious about removing the threat of tobacco from our young people’s lives and these figures indicate our approach is working,” Mrs Turia adds.

“We have increased the tax on tobacco by 30% over 18 months, we are removing tobacco displays from our retail stores and now our young people are charting the course for a future without tobacco – they should be congratulated.”

“We aren’t there yet and we still have some work to do, but judging by our young people, we’re well on the way,” says Mrs Turia.

The Year 10 ASH Smoking Survey is conducted annually and is the largest survey of youth smoking in New Zealand. Full details of the 2011 results can be found at www.ash.org.nz.

ENDS

Notes to Editor:
• The survey is conducted on behalf of Action on Smoking and Health, the Health Sponsorship Council and the Ministry of Health
• The survey takes an annual snapshot of smoking behaviour of Kiwi teenagers aged 14-15 and was in the field during 2011
• 8.2% of students were regular smokers (daily, weekly or monthly) in 2011 down from 10% in 2010
• Daily smoking: Low-decile 9.6%, medium-decile 4.6%, high-decile 1.9%

ENDS


________________________________________


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Glenn Greenwald Revelations

The problem with Key’s belated plea for trust – and with his claim that Kim Dotcom is the only person here disclosing information for political purposes – is that Key patently did not behave honestly last year when the GCSB legislation was being was going through Parliament.

For example: New Zealanders were never told that the GCSB was scoping out a system of mass surveillance, one that had got to the stage of power points and pdfs and a working relationship with the NSA to enable its implementation. Instead, Key was assuring us that a system of mass surveillance was not an issue, never had been etc etc And that the GCSB law change was merely a matter of tidying up the precious law.

Tonight we will see Greenwald’s evidence. Yet in terns of basic logic, Key’s claims appear implausible. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On National’s Phantom Tax Cut Package

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! – while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. More>>

ALSO:

Water: New Marine Reserves On West Coast Opened

Five new marine reserves were officially opened by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith on the West Coast of the South Island to protect a range of marine ecosystems for conservation, science and recreation. More>>

ALSO:

Perception: Study Looks At Trustworthiness And Support Of Politicians

A University of Canterbury marketing study has looked at what impact the Thatcher Effect has on perceptions of trustworthiness and liking of New Zealand politicians leading up to the 2014 general election. More>>

ALSO:

History Lessons: Jamie Whyte At ACT Campaign Opening

It is nearly 20 years since the ACT party was born. Many people no longer remember why it was named ACT. They may imagine that it was on account of our determination to actually do things in parliament rather than simply occupy the seats and collect the salaries. That’s true but it isn’t the right answer... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news