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South WairarapaCommunity profile

South Wairarapa District

Smoking behaviour

In 2018, 13.4% of the population in South Wairarapa 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.
Please note: Stats NZ has given Cigarette smoking behaviour data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". This indicates there may be some minor issues looking at the comparisons to 2013 and 2006. Users should avoid concluding that any change in the categories is purely due to real world change. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.


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'

Smoking behaviour
South Wairarapa District20182013Change
Smoking behaviourNumber%Aorangi Forest %Number%Aorangi Forest %2013 to 2018
Regular smoker1,16113.414.81,16715.214.1-6
Ex smoker2,61330.227.82,10627.426.6+507
Never smoked regularly4,88756.457.53,82249.851.5+1,065
Not stated / included------5827.67.8-582
Total population aged 15+8,661100.0100.07,677100.0100.0+984
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of smoking behaviour in South Wairarapa District in 2018 compared to Aorangi Forest 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, 13.4% of South Wairarapa District's population were current smokers, 30.2% were ex-smokers and 56.4% had never smoked regularly, compared with 14.8%, 27.8% and 57.5% for Aorangi Forest respectively.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the smoking behaviour of the population in South Wairarapa District between 2013 and 2018 were for:

  • Never smoked regularly (+1,065 persons)
  • Ex smoker (+507 persons)

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