Derived from the Census questions:
'Do you smoke cigarettes regularly (that is, one or more a day)?', and 'Have you ever been a regular smoker of one or more cigarettes a day?'
Smoking is the major cause of preventable disease in New Zealand. Data on smoking prevalence is used by those working in the health sector to:
- monitor changes in smoking prevalence ;
- understand the profile of smokers, to better target future health education programmes to at-risk groups;
- evaluate the success of health education programmes; and
- examine the inter-relationships between smoking and other socio-economic variables and how these change over time.
This data is for the population over 15 years of age.
|New Zealand - Rohe||2013||2006||Change|
|Smoking status||Number of Māori within New Zealand||% of Māori within New Zealand||New Zealand Total population %||Number of Māori within New Zealand||% of Māori within New Zealand||New Zealand Total population %||2006 to 2013|
|Never smoked regularly||196,866||44.0||56.3||163,305||38.7||52.3||+33,561||7002|
|Not elsewhere included||18,765||4.2||9.2||19,890||4.7||8.6||-1,125||7003|
|Total aged 15+||447,507||100.0||100.0||421,977||100.0||100.0||+25,530|
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings (opens a new window) 2013.
The major differences between the smoking behaviour of the Māori population in New Zealand Rohe and the New Zealand Total population were:
- A larger percentage of people who nominated Regular smoker (29.3% compared to 13.7%)
- A larger percentage of people who nominated Ex-smoker (22.5% compared to 20.8%)
- A smaller percentage of people who nominated Never smoked regularly (44.0% compared to 56.3%)