The Ministry of Health has traditionally 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:
- To reduce smoking initiation
- To increase quitting
- To reduce exposure to second-hand smoke.
In this section
- New Zealand has been at the forefront of tobacco control internationally for some time and has made steady progress in reducing smoking prevalence and tobacco consumption. Read more
- The WHO FCTC was developed in response to the globalised tobacco epidemic. It is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health and has become one of the most rapidly and widely embraced treaties in United Nations history. Read more
- The Government has decided to proceed with legislation to put tobacco products into plain packaging. Read more
- Publications relating to tobacco control and smokefree law in New Zealand. Read more