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Whanganui District

Smoking behaviour

In 2013, 17.3% of the population in the Whanganui 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
Whanganui District20132006Change
Smoking behaviourNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idRegular smoker5,80817.313.77,75223.218.9-1,944
map this data in atlas.idEx smoker8,12724.220.87,17321.520.2+954
Never smoked regularly
16,23648.356.315,43846.252.3+798
Not stated / included
3,46510.39.23,0459.18.6+420

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, New Zealand: 9.2% Never smoked regularly, New Zealand: 56.3% Ex smoker, New Zealand: 20.8% Regular smoker, New Zealand: 13.7% Not stated / included, Whanganui District : 10.3% Never smoked regularly, Whanganui District : 48.3% Ex smoker, Whanganui District : 24.2% Regular smoker, Whanganui District : 17.3%
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, Whanganui District: +420 Never smoked regularly, Whanganui District: +798 Ex smoker, Whanganui District: +954 Regular smoker, Whanganui District: -1,944
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 Whanganui District in 2013 compared to New Zealand 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, 17.3% of the Whanganui District's population were current smokers, 24.2% were ex-smokers and 48.3% had never smoked regularly, compared with 13.7%, 20.8% and 56.3% for the New Zealand respectively.

Emerging groups

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

  • Regular smoker (-1,944 persons)
  • Ex smoker (+954 persons)
  • Never smoked regularly (+798 persons)

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