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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?'

Waikato-Waiariki
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
Waikato-Waiariki - Rohe20132006Change
Smoking statusNumber of Māori within rohe% of Māori within roheNew Zealand Māori population %Number of Māori within rohe% of Māori within roheNew Zealand Māori population %2006 to 2013
Regular smoker33,41130.929.339,50138.837.6-6,090
Ex-smoker24,14422.322.518,77118.418.9+5,373
Never smoked regularly45,73842.344.038,48737.838.7+7,251
Not elsewhere included4,7734.44.24,9984.94.7-225

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

Smoking behavior, 2013
Smoking behavior, 2013 Not elsewhere included, New Zealand Māori population: 4.2% Never smoked regularly, New Zealand Māori population: 44.0% Ex-smoker, New Zealand Māori population: 22.5% Regular smoker, New Zealand Māori population: 29.3% Not elsewhere included, Rohe - Waikato-Waiariki Māori population: 4.4% Never smoked regularly, Rohe - Waikato-Waiariki Māori population: 42.3% Ex-smoker, Rohe - Waikato-Waiariki Māori population: 22.3% Regular smoker, Rohe - Waikato-Waiariki Māori population: 30.9%
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 - Waikato-Waiariki: +6,309 Not elsewhere included, Rohe - Waikato-Waiariki: -225 Never smoked regularly, Rohe - Waikato-Waiariki: +7,251 Ex-smoker, Rohe - Waikato-Waiariki: +5,373 Regular smoker, Rohe - Waikato-Waiariki: -6,090
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 Waikato-Waiariki Rohe and the New Zealand Māori population were:

  • A larger percentage of people who nominated Regular smoker (30.9% compared to 29.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who nominated Never smoked regularly (42.3% compared to 44.0%)