NZ is not on track to meet the smoke-free 2025 goal set by the government in 2011.

That the latest from ASH (Action for Smoke Free 2025) members who yesterday released their latest findings in one of the largest youth smoking surveys in the world.

Results show that daily smoking rates for year 10 students remain at a low of 2.1%, with a record 82% of year ten students have never even taken a puff of a cigarette.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister the Rt Hon Helen Clark says she’s delighted that youth smoking rates have fallen since 10 years ago but believes there’s still some work to be done.

“If we applied that kind of drop to adult smoking rates which is still over 15%, and looked at the 2025 target. If adults reduced smoking as fast as young people have since 2007 we would be there.”

The first survey was conducted in 1992, the daily youth smoking rates peaked at 15.6% in 1999 and the current government still has high hopes to reach a smoke-free NZ by 2025.

While smoking rates for Year 10 youths have dropped by two thirds in a decade, ASH believes if they can gain the same result for adult smoking, the goal of Smokefree New Zealand by 2025 could be achieved.