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

Gaza.Scoop: UNRWA School, Ambulances Attacked - Gaza MOH

The Ministry of Health Gaza expresses its horror and outrage at the latest Israeli massacre moments ago at an UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons in Beit Hanoun. Ten people have been killed and there is a large number of wounded. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news