Smoking rates among Australian secondary school students lowest since records began

Data from the 2014 Australian Secondary School Alcohol and Drugs (ASSAD) Survey shows only 5% of 12-17 year-olds surveyed were current smokers (had smoked the previous week). The full report does not appear to be available as yet, with the figures quoted in a media release from the Cancer Council. Ninety-four per cent of 12-year-olds had no experience with smoking, declining to 78% of 15-year olds and 61% of 17-year-olds. Only three per cent of all students had smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime, with a peak of 10% among 17-year-old males.

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