Apr 15, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Decline in smoking rate for Maori teenage girls

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(Radio NZ) A survey of 570 Maori teenage girls who smoked everyday, shows about 250 of them quit the habit last year.

The data has been released by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) – a registered charity devoted to help stop disease and death caused by tobacco.
The results feature in its 10-year Snapshot Survey of 14 and 15-year-old male and female students.

ASH health promoter Boyd Broughton says last year’s drop in the number of Maori girls who quit smoking, is a remarkable finding.

He says about 570 girls said they smoked daily in 2010.

Mr Broughton says that dropped to 324 last year, which he says is about 250 fewer daily smokers.
He says a tax increase on cigarettes and the Government raising awareness about the harm of smoking have contributed to fewer girls smoking.

Copyright 2012, Radio New Zealand

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