- Preventative health/wellness
- Family violence
- Oral health
- Physical activity
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Social bonds pilot
- Social Sector Trials
- Tobacco control
- Healthy Families NZ
The Ministry of Health has been the key agency for policy development in the tobacco control area and is involved in a large number of policy, service development and operational aspects of tobacco control.
The Ministry continually strives to ensure that its tobacco control activities are compatible with the international best practice in tobacco control as well as with its obligations under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
The three key objectives of tobacco control activities in New Zealand are:
Fact: The New Zealand youth smoking rate dropped from 14% to 6% in the past 5 years.to reduce smoking initiation
- to increase quitting
- to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke.
Tobacco is addictive
Addiction is a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behaviour or substance. A sign someone is addicted is if they give up social activities, such as going to a smokefree restaurant, in order to smoke.
Nicotine is an addictive chemical that when inhaled through a cigarette creates pleasant feelings by creating the brain chemical dopamine. These pleasant feelings only last for a few minutes, making the person want to have another cigarette. Nicotine also speeds up the person’s heart rate and increases their blood pressure.
In a statement regarding tobacco companies, Hon Tariana Turia made this comment:
‘Make no mistake tobacco is a highly addictive substance that is claiming the lives of approximately 5000 New Zealanders every year and that alone should horrify tobacco companies.’
– Hon Tariana Turia, statement on the Beehive website.
In this section
- New Zealand has made steady progress in reducing smoking rates and tobacco use. Rates continue to decrease, with 18% of adults current smokers in 2011/12. Read more
- This evidence-based treaty was developed in response to the global tobacco epidemic and reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. Read more
- This fund invests in the design, development, promotion and delivery of innovative efforts to reduce the harm and wider costs of smoking. Read more
- The Government adopted the Smokefree 2025 goal in 2011, in response to a Parliamentary inquiry by the Māori Affairs select committee. Read more
- Smokefree law affects employers, schools, early childhood centres, retailers and others. Find out about the law and how it applies to you. Read more
- Updates on the progress of the amendment bill that would introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. Read more
- Copies of the annual tobacco returns filed by manufacturers and importers pursuant to section 35 of the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. Read more
- There is not enough evidence to be able to recommend e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking Read more
- Publications relating to tobacco control and smokefree law in New Zealand. Read more