Smoking

Quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health – and that of your family or friends.

Smoking kills more people in NZ each year than road crashes, alcohol, other drugs, suicide, murder, drowning and earthquakes – all put together!

Non-smokers are at risk too – 350 deaths per year (plus a number of diseases and illnesses) are estimated to be from past exposure to second-hand smoke in New Zealand.

One aim of smokefree law is to protect all workers and the public from second-hand smoke.


Presented by Dr Hayden McRobbie.

What is in a cigarette?

X-ray image of the lungs. There are over 4000 identified chemicals in cigarette smoke. Three of these chemicals are hexamine, acetone and arsenic – hexamine is used in paint and lacquers, arsenic is used for rat poison, and acetone is used in nail polish remover.

In this section

  • Smoking harms nearly every organ and system in the body. Find out what cigarettes are doing to you and your children. Read more
  • You have everything to gain by quitting smoking – it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your health. Find out where you can get help to stop smoking. Read more
  • Links to websites where you can get information on smoking and tobacco, and support to stop smoking. Read more
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