High-decile schools say at least a third of their students are trying vaping – and they want quick action to regulate it.

The Secondary Principals’ Association and 36 individual principals of mainly high-decile schools have signed an open letter with health groups urging the Government to regulate the burgeoning industry.

Auckland Secondary School Principals’ Association president Richard Dykes, of Glendowie College, said teenagers who had never smoked tobacco were being lured into vaping by advertising that was targeting young people.

“I would guess at least 30 to 40 per cent of our students have at the very least tried it. Some principals are reporting more than 50 per cent,” he said.

“It tends to be the slightly higher-income communities. That probably reflects the price. The fear is that it will spread to other people as the cheap knock-offs come in from Asia.”

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