The risk of student smoking if both parents smoke is almost seven times greater compared to the risk of a student whose parents do not smoke. Even having just one parent who smokes, triples the risk of a student being a daily smoker. 
Education settings have a place to play in role modelling smokefree behaviour, and the earlier we can role-model smokefree lifestyles and environments to young people, the less likely they are to be smokers. With the government's goal of a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025 we all have a role to play in helping reach this target.
The average age of uptake for smoking in New Zealand is 14 years old, with young people commonly experimenting with smoking when aged 12–13 years.
 ASH New Zealand. (2013). Youth smoking. Retrieved from http://www.ash.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Factsheets/07_Youth_smoking_ASH_NZ_factsheet.pdf