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Smoking behaviour

In 2013, 14.6% of the population in the Upper Hutt City 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
Upper Hutt City20132006Change
Smoking behaviourNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idRegular smoker4,67714.612.86,30921.118.2-1,632
map this data in atlas.idEx smoker7,81824.421.66,76222.621.0+1,056
Never smoked regularly
16,83052.657.414,76349.353.4+2,067
Not stated / included
2,6978.48.22,0857.07.4+612

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, Wellington Region: 8.2% Never smoked regularly, Wellington Region: 57.4% Ex smoker, Wellington Region: 21.6% Regular smoker, Wellington Region: 12.8% Not stated / included, Upper Hutt City : 8.4% Never smoked regularly, Upper Hutt City : 52.6% Ex smoker, Upper Hutt City : 24.4% Regular smoker, Upper Hutt City : 14.6%
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, Upper Hutt City: +612 Never smoked regularly, Upper Hutt City: +2,067 Ex smoker, Upper Hutt City: +1,056 Regular smoker, Upper Hutt City: -1,632
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 Upper Hutt City in 2013 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a higher 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, 14.6% of the Upper Hutt City's population were current smokers, 24.4% were ex-smokers and 52.6% had never smoked regularly, compared with 12.8%, 21.6% and 57.4% for the Wellington Region respectively.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the smoking behaviour of the population in the Upper Hutt City between 2006 and 2013 were for:

  • Never smoked regularly (+2,067 persons)
  • Regular smoker (-1,632 persons)
  • Ex smoker (+1,056 persons)

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