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Wairoa District

Smoking behaviour

In 2013, 25.9% of the population in the Wairoa 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
Wairoa District20132006Change
Smoking behaviourNumber%Hawke's Bay Region %Number%Hawke's Bay Region %2006 to 2013
Regular smoker1,53925.916.51,93530.922.7-396
Ex smoker1,42524.024.01,31721.022.1+108
Never smoked regularly2,37940.049.92,33137.246.8+48
Not stated / included60010.19.668410.98.5-84

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, Hawke's Bay Region: 9.6% Never smoked regularly, Hawke's Bay Region: 49.9% Ex smoker, Hawke's Bay Region: 24.0% Regular smoker, Hawke's Bay Region: 16.5% Not stated / included, Wairoa District : 10.1% Never smoked regularly, Wairoa District : 40.0% Ex smoker, Wairoa District : 24.0% Regular smoker, Wairoa District : 25.9%
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, Wairoa District: -84 Never smoked regularly, Wairoa District: +48 Ex smoker, Wairoa District: +108 Regular smoker, Wairoa District: -396
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 Wairoa District in 2013 compared to Hawke's Bay 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, 25.9% of the Wairoa District's population were current smokers, 24.0% were ex-smokers and 40.0% had never smoked regularly, compared with 16.5%, 24.0% and 49.9% for the Hawke's Bay Region respectively.

Emerging groups

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

  • Regular smoker (-396 persons)
  • Ex smoker (+108 persons)

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