New Zealand Census

The New Zealand Census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand, measuring the number of current smokers in New Zealand by age, gender, ethnicity and DHB.

Latest New Zealand Census:
1. 2006, 2013, and 2018 Census cigarette smoking prevalence graphs
2. 2006, 2013, and 2018 Census cigarette smoking prevalence map (GIS)

Breakdown New Zealand census cigarette smoking data by:
Smoking status, sex, age, ethnicity, year, and DHB

Cigarette smoking refers to the active smoking of one or more manufactured or hand-rolled tobacco cigarettes, from purchased or home-grown tobacco, per day, by a person aged 15 years and over. The term ‘smoking’ refers to active smoking behaviour, that is, the intentional inhalation of tobacco smoke. Smoking does not refer to, or include, passive smoking (the unintentional inhalation of tobacco smoke).

Cigarette smoking does not include:
- smoking of tobacco in cigars, pipes, and cigarillos
- smoking of any other substances such as herbal cigarettes or marijuana
- consumption of tobacco products by other means, such as chewing.

Regular smoker: Someone who actively smokes one or more manufactured or hand–rolled tobacco cigarettes per day.
Never smoked regularly: Someone who never actively smoked manufactured or hand rolled tobacco cigarettes at all or never actively smoked one or more per day.
Ex-smoker: Someone who is not a regular smoker now but had been a regular smoker of one or more cigarettes in the past.

Other information:
For more about the Census, click here.