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News | Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?

This new blog from Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman discusses recent survey findings and media reports, and what is needed to improve monitoring of youth vaping in New Zealand.

Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year 10 survey data have been interpreted as suggesting few young people who are non-smokers are vaping. How can these apparently contradictory perceptions co-exist?

In this blog, the author’s begin by outlining recent findings on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and their potential contribution to public health. They then explore possible explanations for why reports and perceptions about youth vaping sometimes differ and offer suggestions about how this behaviour needs to be more effectively monitored.

Read the full blog here: Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?

For more information please contact:

Professor Janet Hoek
University of Otago, Dunedin

Hoek J, Edwards, R, Gendall P, Ball J, McCool J, Waa A, Freeman B. (2019). Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand? Public Health Expert. 2 December 2019. [Blog post]

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