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In 2018, 16.4% of the population in Whangarei District Council 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'
|Whangarei District Council||2018||2013||Change|
|Smoking behaviour||Number||%||New Zealand %||Number||%||New Zealand %||2013 to 2018|
|Never smoked regularly||40,506||56.4||64.8||29,580||49.0||56.3||+10,926|
|Not stated / included||--||--||--||6,498||10.8||9.2||-6,498|
|Total population aged 15+||71,841||100.0||100.0||60,429||100.0||100.0||+11,412|
Analysis of smoking behaviour in Whangarei District Council in 2018 compared to New Zealand 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, 16.4% of Whangarei District Council's population were current smokers, 27.2% were ex-smokers and 56.4% had never smoked regularly, compared with 13.2%, 22.0% and 64.8% for New Zealand respectively.
The largest changes in the smoking behaviour of the population in Whangarei District Council between 2013 and 2018 were for:
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