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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:
'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'
|South Wairarapa District||2018||2013||Change|
|Smoking behaviour||Number||%||Featherston %||Number||%||Featherston %||2013 to 2018|
|Never smoked regularly||4,887||56.4||49.4||3,822||49.8||45.2||+1,065|
|Not stated / included||--||--||--||582||7.6||7.4||-582|
|Total population aged 15+||8,661||100.0||100.0||7,677||100.0||100.0||+984|
Analysis of smoking behaviour in South Wairarapa District in 2018 compared to Featherston shows that there was a lower proportion of people were regular smokers, a lower proportion of people who were ex-smokers and a increased 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 18.8%, 31.8% and 49.4% for Featherston respectively.
The largest changes in the smoking behaviour of the population in South Wairarapa District between 2013 and 2018 were for:
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