Our public health advisors (tobacco) work in a many areas including Smoke-free Environments Act enforcement, supporting smokefree policies and better help for smokers to quit, all of which support the Government’s goal of a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025.

Our goals are:

  • more smokefree environments
  • fewer young people and children start smoking
  • more smokers quit

Tobacco smoking kills approximately 5000 New Zealanders every year.  Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, and is a major risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cardiovascular disease, upper aero digestive cancers (includes cancers of the mouth, oesophagus, pharynx and larynx), and many other cancers and chronic diseases. 

Further information on tobacco control and smoking

Last updated 25 May 2017.