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.
|Te Waipounamu - 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||26,391||45.7||44.0||20,991||40.3||38.7||+5,400||7002|
|Not elsewhere included||2,142||3.7||4.2||2,175||4.2||4.7||-33||7003|
|Total aged 15+||57,720||100.0||100.0||52,053||100.0||100.0||+5,667|
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 Te Waipounamu Rohe and the New Zealand Māori population were:
- A larger percentage of people who nominated Never smoked regularly (45.7% compared to 44.0%)
- A smaller percentage of people who nominated Regular smoker (27.8% compared to 29.3%)