A decade has passed since New Zealand adopted the goal to reduce smoking prevalence and tobacco availability to minimal levels, essentially making Aotearoa New Zealand smokefree by 2025. Over this time, smoking rates have continued to decline. However, we still have much work to do – particularly to reduce smoking rates among Māori, Pacific peoples and those living in New Zealand’s most disadvantaged communities.
The Ministry of Health has developed the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan to achieve this smokefree goal. To this end, it consulted on Proposals for a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan from 15 April to 31 May 2021. Over 5,200 people and organisations engaged with the consultation process either through a written submission or by attending hui or Pacific-focused community meetings organised by Hāpai Te Hauora.
The analysis of submissions describes the key themes which emerged during the consultation process. These submissions were used to inform policy decisions and complete the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan.
Submissions received on this consultation can be viewed in full below (unless the submitter asked that their submission be withheld).
Names and personal details have been redacted under section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act (protecting privacy of natural persons).