Tobacco: Young cut down on smoking, ice abuse

01 Feb 2021 - Alcohol & Tobacco

The most positive changes in drug use trends are emerging among Australian youths and young adults, Rural Health Tasmania chief Robert Waterman has said. The National Drug Strategy Household Survey Report 2019 found youth smoking rates dropped from 12.3 per cent in 2001 to 0.07 per cent in 2019, while methamphetamine/ice rates for people in their 20s dropped from 11.2 per cent in 2001 to 2.4 per cent in 2019. The proportion of 25-29- year-olds abstaining altogether from alcohol rose from 19 per cent in 2016 to 24 per cent in 2019. “Between 2016 and 2019 there was also a considerable decrease from 28 per cent to 17.7 per cent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples drinking in excess of the recommended guidelines,” Mr Waterman said.

Hobart Mercury; 01/02/2021; Page 15​