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South WairarapaCommunity profile


Smoking behaviour

In 2018, 18.8% of the population in Featherston 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
Smoking behaviourNumber%South Wairarapa District %Number%South Wairarapa District %2013 to 2018
Regular smoker38118.813.437520.515.2+6
Ex smoker64231.830.249226.927.4+150
Never smoked regularly99949.456.482545.249.8+174
Not stated / included------1357.47.6-135
Total population aged 15+2,022100.0100.01,827100.0100.0+195
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 Featherston in 2018 compared to South Wairarapa District 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, 18.8% of Featherston's population were current smokers, 31.8% were ex-smokers and 49.4% had never smoked regularly, compared with 13.4%, 30.2% and 56.4% for South Wairarapa District respectively.

Emerging groups

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

  • Never smoked regularly (+174 persons)
  • Ex smoker (+150 persons)

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