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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?'

New Zealand
Cigarette smoking

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.

Smoking behaviour
New Zealand - Rohe20132006Change
Smoking statusNumber of Māori within New Zealand% of Māori within New ZealandNew Zealand Total population %Number of Māori within New Zealand% of Māori within New ZealandNew Zealand Total population %2006 to 2013
Regular smoker130,98029.313.7158,87137.618.9-27,891
Ex-smoker100,89622.520.879,91118.920.2+20,985
Never smoked regularly196,86644.056.3163,30538.752.3+33,561
Not elsewhere included18,7654.29.219,8904.78.6-1,125

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013.

Smoking behavior, 2013
Smoking behavior, 2013 Not elsewhere included, New Zealand Total population: 9.2% Never smoked regularly, New Zealand Total population: 56.3% Ex-smoker, New Zealand Total population: 20.8% Regular smoker, New Zealand Total population: 13.7% Not elsewhere included, Rohe - New Zealand Māori population: 4.2% Never smoked regularly, Rohe - New Zealand Māori population: 44.0% Ex-smoker, Rohe - New Zealand Māori population: 22.5% Regular smoker, Rohe - New Zealand Māori population: 29.3%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013.
Change in smoking behaviour, 2006 to 2013
Change in smoking behaviour, 2006 to 2013 Total aged 15+, Rohe - New Zealand: +25,530 Not elsewhere included, Rohe - New Zealand: -1,125 Never smoked regularly, Rohe - New Zealand: +33,561 Ex-smoker, Rohe - New Zealand: +20,985 Regular smoker, Rohe - New Zealand: -27,891
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013.

Dominant groups

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%)