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Smoking behaviour

In 2013, 18.7% of the population in the Far North District were regular smokers.

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.

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'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Smoking behaviour
Far North District20132006Change
Smoking behaviourNumber%Northland Region %Number%Northland Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idRegular smoker8,09718.716.810,43724.722.7-2,340
map this data in atlas.idEx smoker10,43424.124.79,24321.922.6+1,191
Never smoked regularly
18,37542.446.316,51539.143.1+1,860
Not stated / included
6,44714.912.16,03914.311.5+408

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Smoking behaviour, 2013
Smoking behaviour, 2013 Not stated / included, Northland Region: 12.1% Never smoked regularly, Northland Region: 46.3% Ex smoker, Northland Region: 24.7% Regular smoker, Northland Region: 16.8% Not stated / included, Far North District : 14.9% Never smoked regularly, Far North District : 42.4% Ex smoker, Far North District : 24.1% Regular smoker, Far North District : 18.7%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in smoking behaviour, 2006 to 2013
Change in smoking behaviour, 2006 to 2013 Not stated / included, Far North District: +408 Never smoked regularly, Far North District: +1,860 Ex smoker, Far North District: +1,191 Regular smoker, Far North District: -2,340
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of smoking behaviour in the Far North District in 2013 compared to Northland Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people were regular smokers, a lower proportion of people who were ex-smokers and a decreased by proportion of people who had never smoked regularly.

Overall, 18.7% of the Far North District's population were current smokers, 24.1% were ex-smokers and 42.4% had never smoked regularly, compared with 16.8%, 24.7% and 46.3% for the Northland Region respectively.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the smoking behaviour of the population in the Far North District between 2006 and 2013 were for:

  • Regular smoker (-2,340 persons)
  • Never smoked regularly (+1,860 persons)
  • Ex smoker (+1,191 persons)

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