Are we smokers or non-smokers?
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?"
Relates only to persons aged 15 years or more.
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 among the adult population of New Zealand
- understand the profile of smokers, to better target at-risk groups in the community with future health education programmes
- target health education programmes and evaluate the success of these
- monitor changes in smoking statistics amongst high-risk groups in New Zealand
- examine the inter-relationships between smoking and other socio-economic variables and how these change over time.
(persons aged 15 years and over)
|Usual residence||number||%||Wellington Region %||number||%||Wellington Region %||1996 to 2006
|Never smoked regularly||86,925||58.9||53.4||70,758||55.2||50.5||16,167
|Not elsewhere included||10,881||7.4||7.4||8,658||6.8||7.2||2,223
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 1996.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
'Cigarette smoking behaviour' refers to the active smoking of one or more manufactured or hand-rolled tobacco cigarettes, from purchased or home-grown tobacco, per day, by people aged 15 years and over.
Cigarette smoking does not include:
- the smoking of cigars, pipes and cigarillos;
- the smoking of any other substances, herbal cigarettes or marijuana for example;
- the consumption of tobacco products by other means, such as chewing, and;
- passive smoking.
Information on cigarette smoking was collected in 2006 and 1996, but not in 2001, so no data are available for 2001.
Analysis of smoking behaviour in Wellington City in 2006 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a lower proportion of people were current smokers, a lower proportion of people who were ex-smokers and a higher proportion of people who had never smoked regularly.
Overall, 14.3% of Wellington City's population were current smokers, 19.5% were ex-smokers and 58.9% had never smoked regularly, compared with 18.2%, 21.0% and 53.4% for Wellington Region respectively.
The changes in smoking behaviour in Wellington City between 1996 and 2006 were:
- Current smoker -2,604;
- Ex-smoker +3,645, and;
- Never smoked regularly +16,167