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The number of people who smoke cigarettes in NSW has dropped to record levels, although experts have warned rising rates of vaping among under-25s could undo decades of work to reduce smoking rates.

Eleven per cent of people aged 16 to 24 reported being a current user of e-cigarettes, or “vapes”, more than double the number in 2020, data from the NSW Population Health Survey, published today, showed. In the same period, daily rates of smoking cigarettes among all people aged 16 and over decreased from 9.2 per cent to 8.2 per cent.

Anita Dessaix, chair of the Cancer Council’s public health committee, said she was concerned e-cigarettes were making smoking a habit for the next generation.