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Ruapehu District

Smoking behaviour

In 2013, 22.9% of the population in the Ruapehu 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
Ruapehu District20132006Change
Smoking behaviourNumber%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %2006 to 2013
Regular smoker2,07922.916.42,69726.522.0-618
Ex smoker2,01322.222.21,96219.320.5+51
Never smoked regularly4,12245.452.44,35942.949.7-237
Not stated / included8619.59.01,15211.37.8-291

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, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 9.0% Never smoked regularly, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 52.4% Ex smoker, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 22.2% Regular smoker, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 16.4% Not stated / included, Ruapehu District : 9.5% Never smoked regularly, Ruapehu District : 45.4% Ex smoker, Ruapehu District : 22.2% Regular smoker, Ruapehu District : 22.9%
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, Ruapehu District: -291 Never smoked regularly, Ruapehu District: -237 Ex smoker, Ruapehu District: +51 Regular smoker, Ruapehu District: -618
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 Ruapehu District in 2013 compared to Manawatu-Wanganui Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people were regular smokers, a similar proportion of people who were ex-smokers and a decreased by proportion of people who had never smoked regularly.

Overall, 22.9% of the Ruapehu District's population were current smokers, 22.2% were ex-smokers and 45.4% had never smoked regularly, compared with 16.4%, 22.2% and 52.4% for the Manawatu-Wanganui Region respectively.

Emerging groups

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

  • Regular smoker (-618 persons)
  • Never smoked regularly (-237 persons)
  • Ex smoker (+51 persons)

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