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

 


Minister of Health welcomes decline in youth smoking

Hon Tariana Turia
Associate Minister of Health

13 March 2014

Associate Minister of Health welcomes the ASH Year 10 Survey which shows a decline in youth smoking

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia welcomes the latest ASH Year 10 Survey results which shows a continual decline in youth smoking.

The Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Year 10 smoking survey shows daily smoking results (those who smoke at least once a day) and regular smoking results each year for students in Year 10 across the country.

“Only 3.2 per cent of Year 10 students are smoking daily in 2013 compared with 4.1 per cent in 2012. This is great news. I am proud that our rangatahi are making conscious positive decisions for their futures by choosing not to smoke. That is awesome,” says Minister Turia.

“I am particularly pleased that smoking amongst Maori Year 10 is also continuing to show rapid decline. Daily smoking amongst Maori Year 10 has declined to 8.5% in 2013 compared to 26.9% in 2003 and 30.3% in 1999. Regular smoking is also well down for Maori Year 10. For 2013 the figure for Maori Year 10 is 14.7% compared to 20.9% in 2010, 23.3% in 2009 and 42.8% in 1999.”

“This is great progress and I congratulate the rangatahi themselves for making the right choice as well as all those who have worked to end the sale and consumption of this dangerous product in our country.”

“We cannot afford to be complacent even with these positive results. We must continue to do everything we can through proactive lobbying, cessation support, excise taxes, plain packaging and other legislation to ensure that we send a clear message to tobacco companies. We want to rid our country of this product that kills 13 New Zealanders a day and 5000 of us each year. I look forward to the day we reach our goal of becoming a Smokefree Aotearoa-New Zealand by 2025.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news