Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in NZ.[i]
Tobacco is the only legal product that kills 1 in 2 of its long term users when used as it is intended.[ii]
5000 New Zealanders die every year from smoking related diseases.[iii]
Smoking is a major contributing factor to health inequalities between Maori and non-Maori.[iv]
Almost all smokers regret starting and want to quit.[v]
The average age people start smoking in New Zealand is at 14.6 years old.[vi]
Approximately 5000 children start smoking every year.
Most 15-19 year old smokers say they would not smoke if they had their lives over (72.3%).[vii]
Most youth smokers purchase cigarettes themselves (74.2%).[viii]
Tobacco retail Facts
Tobacco can be purchased from about 6000 retailers around New Zealand. [ix]
Communities that have more places selling tobacco have higher smoking rates. [ix]
Poorer communities have more places selling tobacco than wealthier communities. [ix]
Tobacco is more available than bread & milk, stamps and medication. [ix]
On average, there are six shops that sell cigarettes within 10 minutes' walk of secondary schools in NZ. [ix]
Cigarettes can be sold at any place, any time, by any one in New Zealand. [ix]
70% of New Zealanders want less places selling tobacco in their communities and said that this would make a difference to smoking rates. [x]
[i] The Quit Group and the Ministry of Health. 2009. Maori Smoking and Tobacco Use 2009. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
[ii] Peto R et al. 2006. Mortality from smoking in developed countries 1950-2000 (2nd edition, revised June 2006: www.deathsfromsmoking.net ). Geneva: Swizerland: International Union against Cancer.
[iii] The Quit Group and the Ministry of Health. 2009. Maori Smoking and Tobacco Use 2009. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
[iv] Ministry of Health. 2005. Tobacco Facts 2005. Wellington: Ministry of Health
[v] Geoffrey T. Fong et al. 2004. The near-universal experience of regret among smokers in four countries: Findings from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Survey. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Volume 6, Issue S3 December 2004, pages S341-S351.
[vi] Paynter J. 2008. National Year 10 ASH Snapshot Survey. 1999-2008: Trends in tobacco use by students aged 14-15 years.
[vii] Ministry of Health. 2007. New Zealand Tobacco Use Survey 2006. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
[viii] ASH factsheet, youth smoking. www.ash.org.nz (accessed June 2010)
[ix] Marsh L., Doscher C., Robertson L. (2013) Characteristics of tobacco retailers in New Zealand. Health & Place 23 ( 2013) 165-170
[x] Health Promotion Agency (2016) Health and Lifestyles Survey. Website accessed on 20 June 2019 https://tcdata.org.nz/HLS%20data/HLS_15.html