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.
|Tāmaki Makaurau - Rohe||2013||2006||Change|
|Smoking status||Number of Māori within rohe||% of Māori within rohe||New Zealand Māori population %||Number of Māori within rohe||% of Māori within rohe||New Zealand Māori population %||2006 to 2013|
|Never smoked regularly||53,151||47.3||44.0||43,485||40.5||38.7||+9,666||7002|
|Not elsewhere included||4,443||4.0||4.2||4,761||4.4||4.7||-318||7003|
|Total aged 15+||112,314||100.0||100.0||107,247||100.0||100.0||+5,067|
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 Tāmaki Makaurau Rohe and the New Zealand Māori population were:
- A larger percentage of people who nominated Never smoked regularly (47.3% compared to 44.0%)
- A smaller percentage of people who nominated Regular smoker (27.2% compared to 29.3%)