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Thames-Coromandel District

Smoking behaviour

In 2013, 14.9% of the population in the Thames-Coromandel 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
Thames-Coromandel District20132006Change
Smoking behaviourNumber%Waikato Region %Number%Waikato Region %2006 to 2013
Regular smoker3,27014.915.64,36820.420.8-1,098
Ex smoker6,35729.021.65,80827.220.4+549
Never smoked regularly10,47947.853.69,53144.649.9+948
Not stated / included1,8038.29.21,6777.88.9+126

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, Waikato Region: 9.2% Never smoked regularly, Waikato Region: 53.6% Ex smoker, Waikato Region: 21.6% Regular smoker, Waikato Region: 15.6% Not stated / included, Thames-Coromandel District : 8.2% Never smoked regularly, Thames-Coromandel District : 47.8% Ex smoker, Thames-Coromandel District : 29.0% Regular smoker, Thames-Coromandel District : 14.9%
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, Thames-Coromandel District: +126 Never smoked regularly, Thames-Coromandel District: +948 Ex smoker, Thames-Coromandel District: +549 Regular smoker, Thames-Coromandel District: -1,098
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 Thames-Coromandel District in 2013 compared to Waikato Region shows that there was a lower proportion of people were regular smokers, a higher proportion of people who were ex-smokers and a decreased by proportion of people who had never smoked regularly.

Overall, 14.9% of the Thames-Coromandel District's population were current smokers, 29.0% were ex-smokers and 47.8% had never smoked regularly, compared with 15.6%, 21.6% and 53.6% for the Waikato Region respectively.

Emerging groups

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

  • Regular smoker (-1,098 persons)
  • Never smoked regularly (+948 persons)
  • Ex smoker (+549 persons)

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