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In 2018, 11.8% of the population in the Wellington Region 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:
'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'
|Smoking behaviour||Number||%||North Island %||Number||%||North Island %||2013 to 2018|
|Never smoked regularly||270,315||65.5||65.2||217,896||57.4||56.5||+52,419|
|Not stated / included||--||--||--||30,957||8.2||9.6||-30,957|
|Total population aged 15+||412,908||100.0||100.0||379,314||100.0||100.0||+33,594|
Analysis of smoking behaviour in the Wellington Region in 2018 compared to North Island shows that there was a lower proportion of people were regular smokers, a higher proportion of people who were ex-smokers and a increased by proportion of people who had never smoked regularly.
Overall, 11.8% of the Wellington Region's population were current smokers, 22.7% were ex-smokers and 65.5% had never smoked regularly, compared with 13.3%, 21.5% and 65.2% for North Island respectively.
The largest changes in the smoking behaviour of the population in the Wellington Region between 2013 and 2018 were for:
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