Story: Teenagers and youth

Youth smoking

Youth smoking

Students smoke in Albert Park, Auckland, in August 2005. Efforts to reduce smoking in youths are especially important as most adult smokers began smoking in their youth and once addicted to nicotine typically smoke for 40 years. Rates of smoking among teenagers has dropped in New Zealand since this photo was taken. In 2012 only 6% of teenagers were regular smokers; a drop of 8% since 2006/7. The drop is attributed to anti-smoking campaigns but also to the rise in the cost of cigarettes due to increased taxation.

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Carl Walrond, 'Teenagers and youth - Teenagers and risk', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017