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.
Communities that have more places selling tobacco have higher smoking rates.
Poorer communities have more places selling tobacco than wealthier communities.
Tobacco is more available than bread & milk, stamps and medication.
On average, there are six shops that sell cigarettes within 10 minutes' walk of secondary schools in NZ.
Cigarettes can be sold at any place, any time, by any one in New Zealand.
70% of New Zealanders want less places selling tobacco in their communities and said that this would make a difference to smoking rates.
[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)