The risk of a young person taking up smoking is influenced by their environment. Students are at greater risk of starting to smoke if they are exposed to smoking at home, have parents or friends who smoke, have easy access to tobacco, low self-esteem, or take part in risky behaviour. Those who do well at school, have future aspirations, are involved in their communities, and have strong family relationships are less likely to take up the habit. 
Currently only 1.9% of Year 10 students are daily smokers, and 5% report ever smoking. However, around 20% of those aged 18-24 smoke. Education settings can help to keep youth rates low, and reduce risk that students will take up smoking once they leave school. 
Education settings play an important part in role-modelling smokefree lifestyles, and normalising smokefree environments. Schools and early childhood educators can help shape young people’s attitudes around tobacco, and reduce smoking risk. Education settings can help us reach the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal.
Check out these two videos on how WAVE helped Rural Scholars Early Learning Centre incorporate the importance of being Smokefree in their community.
Supporting and advocating for Smokefree environments for our tamariki
This programme provides simple ideas for confidently delivering smokefree messages to parents and caregivers, tools for ECE to promote smokefree environments, smokefree resources relevant to early childhood, and on-going support to develop a smokefree action plan.
This workshop gives school staff and boards of trustees the information needed to update their smokefree policies, with a focus on the emerging issue of e-cigarettes. It will help educators understand emerging knowledge of e-cigarettes, learn about vaping trends in youth, and identify why e-cigarettes should be a part of school policy.
If your setting's Smokefree signage becomes faded or damaged in some way, or if you need more, contact your WAVE Facilitator and they will arrange more smokefree signage - and it's free.
Remember that every entrance to the grounds and external door needs to have a smokefree sign or sticker.
If you wish to add vaping/e-cigaretts to your settings signage, talk to your WAVE facilitator about options.
Early Childhood Centres in Waimate undertook the Little Lungs programme and this story is about how the Little Lungs programme worked: Little Lungs - Pūkahukahu Iti Case Study
www.cph.co.nz - Smokefree, Community & Public Health (Canterbury)
www.smokefree.org.nz - Smokefree at schools
www.smokefree.org.nz - NZ Smokefree by 2025
www.healthpoint.co.nz - Kick Ash South Canterbury, (Cessation Programme)
www.quit.org.nz - Quitline
 Health Promotion Agency https://www.smokefree.org.nz/smoking-its-effects/facts-figures#bookmark-2 Accessed 17 July 2019
 Health Promotion Agency ibid.