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Webinar | Youth smoking and vaping in Aotearoa: No room for complacency

** Registrations are now closed**


The third webinar of the series follows on from Dave Hammond’s presentation on vaping in Canada, but brings the focus back to Aotearoa New Zealand.


Dr Jude Ball will look at trends and demographic patterns in adolescent smoking and vaping, drawing particularly on new data from the Youth19 survey, which covers 13-18 year olds. Although the story of youth smoking in this country over the past 20 years is largely a success story, there is reason for concern about the most recent trends. We argue a renewed focus on prevention is needed, particularly in Māori and Pacific communities.

Andrew Waa will highlight the importance of ongoing monitoring of youth smoking and vaping. We are at a critical time of change, with the long term decline in youth smoking apparently at an end, and vaping increasing rapidly in this age group in recent years. Future trajectories are highly uncertain, and regular monitoring is vital, particularly for Māori and Pacific young people.

Finally, Professor Janet Hoek will provide brief comment on the new Smokefree Act, assented on August 11, including key provisions that will help protect non-smokers (particularly young people) from vaping uptake. She will also explore opportunities that could be taken via the forthcoming regulations to afford further protection of young people.


The webinar speakers are part of the ASPIRE2025 tobacco control research team.  We encourage you to look at their bios here.


** Please note registrations are now closed **

To register for this event and to confirm that you do not have any of the affiliations outlined below, please complete your registration here.

Once your registration has been approved, you will be emailed your personal log-in link to the webinar.


We welcome registration from people in the public health and smokefree sectors, and others interested in public health policy.

Please note: ASPIRE seminars, webinars and other events are not open to individuals working with or for any tobacco company, or who are affiliated to the tobacco industry in any way. Nor are they open to any individuals or groups who have interests in or relationships with tobacco companies, including, but not limited to, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) and FSFW grantees. This webinar also addresses the use of cannabis by young people and is not open to people from organisations with a commercial interest in the legislation of cannabis.

Please note the additional detail provided below.

“Tobacco industry” refers to: a) any tobacco or tobacco product manufacturer, processor, wholesale distributor, importer, (and specialist tobacco retailers), b) any parent, affiliate, branch, or subsidiary of a tobacco or tobacco product manufacturer, wholesale distributor, importer, specialist tobacco retailer, or c) any individual or entity, such as, but not limited to an interest group, think tank, advocacy organization, lawyer, law firm, scientist, lobbyist, public relations and/or advertising agency, business, or foundation, that represents or works to promote the interests of the tobacco industry, or that receives or has received, either directly or indirectly, funding from a tobacco company or companies.


Andrew Waa
University of Otago, Wellington

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