15 Jun 2009

More and more Hawke's Bay students give up smoking

7:48 am on 15 June 2009

The latest Health Ministry survey on teenagers' smoking shows a significant drop in Hawke's Bay in the past five years.

Just over 50% of the Hawke's Bay students aged 14 and 15 who took part in the survey stated that they had never smoked. In 2004, the figure was 39%.

There's also been a significant fall in the number of Bay students who smoke regularly - down to 15% from 22% five years ago.