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In 2018, 28.1% of the population in Wairoa 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'
|Smoking behaviour||Number||%||Hawke's Bay Region %||Number||%||Hawke's Bay Region %||2013 to 2018|
|Never smoked regularly||2,958||46.2||57.5||2,379||40.0||49.9||+579|
|Not stated / included||--||--||--||600||10.1||9.6||-600|
|Total population aged 15+||6,405||100.0||100.0||5,943||100.0||100.0||+462|
Analysis of smoking behaviour in Wairoa District in 2018 compared to Hawke's Bay Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people were regular smokers, a lower proportion of people who were ex-smokers and a decreased by proportion of people who had never smoked regularly.
Overall, 28.1% of Wairoa District's population were current smokers, 25.7% were ex-smokers and 46.2% had never smoked regularly, compared with 16.1%, 26.4% and 57.5% for Hawke's Bay Region respectively.
The largest changes in the smoking behaviour of the population in Wairoa District between 2013 and 2018 were for:
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