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.