Vaping report

The purpose of the Vaping Report was to understand the reasons young people choose to vape or not to vape and what supports would help a young person if they were trying to stop vaping.

Additionally, the Report's purpose was to understand Young people’s reactions to potential tools or services that would help them to stop vaping including: a website, app-based support, social media-based help page, digital peer support group, in-person peer support.

We hope that the voices of young people in this report will inspire organisations to view the experience of young people as a valuable tool that can be used to inform and improve services, supports and programs for young people.

Young people who participated in consultations had diverse perceptions about vaping and vaping culture in schools, with the data finding that vaping culture is strongly influenced by peer pressure, used as a stress management tool and there is an alarming misunderstanding of how harmful it can be to your health.

Despite the view commonly expressed to ACYP by young people that vapes are relatively harmless, the chemicals in vapes are often toxic, cancer-causing and unsafe for inhalation. Vapes contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray. 


In March 2022:

  • Ministry of Health (MoH) and Department of Education (DoE) launched the Do You Know What You’re Vaping? Campaign, and
  • Advocate for Children and Young People, Ms Zoë Robinson, became a member of an inter-agency panel about vaping.

In the context of this campaign and work, the Advocate recommended the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) undertake consultations with young people about vaping.

In October 2022, the Committee on Children and Young People, which oversees the work of ACYP, also recommended in its 2022 Review that ACYP should continue to consult on vaping and report back findings to the Committee as part of its next annual hearing.

Vaping report video