Tobacco smoking (50+ years)

Table 8 shows that the self-reported prevalence of current smoking is over 3 times higher for Māori females aged 50–64 years compared with non-Māori females the same age (RR 3.27, CI 2.01–4.53). There were no significant differences in the exposure of non-smokers to second-hand smoke.

For more results refer to Tobacco Use in New Zealand: Key findings from the 2009 New Zealand Tobacco Use Survey.

Information related to the tobacco use of Māori compared with non-Māori, using findings from the 2009 New Zealand Tobacco Use Survey, can be found in the Māori Smoking and Tobacco Use 2011 profile.

How to interpret results – tables

Table 8: Tobacco smoking indicators, Māori and non-Māori, aged 50–64 years, by gender, 2009
  Males Females
Indicator Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Current smoking (self-reported), 2009, percent 30.5
Non-smokers’ exposure to second-hand smoke in their home or in the car, 2009, percent 16.7

Source: New Zealand Tobacco Use Survey 2009, Ministry of Health

Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used – see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
‘Current smoking’ is defined as a person who has smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smokes at least monthly.
‘Non-smokers’ exposure’ refers to second-hand smoke exposure in their home in the past week and second-hand smoke in the car they usually travelled in during the past week.

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