NO THANK YOU: Roma’s Gina Versace doesn’t smoke and admits it has become ‘uncool’ to smoke in many social circles.
NO THANK YOU: Roma’s Gina Versace doesn’t smoke and admits it has become ‘uncool’ to smoke in many social circles. Tom Gillespie

Why students’ attitudes on smoking changed

GINA Versace hates the smell of cigarette smoke - so she's not surprised to find out more of her fellow secondary school students are not bothering with the habit.

The Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey has found Queensland students who had smoked a cigarette in the previous 12 months more than halved from 32% in 2002 to 15% in 2014.

Gina, 16, said only about three of her classmates had smoked in the last 12 months, adding they had been trying to quit.

"Out of 25, about three do - we don't judge them but we do let them know we don't like it," she said.

Gina said her school, Roma State College, had been proactive with educating students on the dangers of smoking, with advertising also having an effect on changing the image of smoking for teenagers.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the trend among young Queenslanders was extremely encouraging.


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