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Blog | ‘What does the 2019/20 NZ Health Survey tell us about progress towards a Smokefree Aotearoa?”

The latest NZ Health Survey data continues to show encouraging reductions in smoking prevalence. However, progress remains inadequate to achieve the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal with persisting disparities in smoking, particularly for Māori and Pacific peoples.

The Government urgently needs to introduce a comprehensive action plan, including measures to reduce the continued marked disparities in smoking. E-cigarette use and vaping has increased over the last three to four years, though its contribution to reducing smoking prevalence is not yet clear. There is no evidence that increased e-cigarette use among 15-17 year olds is slowing the decline in smoking among young adults.

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Citation

Richard Edwards, Janet Hoek, Nick Wilson, Andrew Waa (2020) What does the 2019/20 NZ Health Survey tell us about progress towards a Smokefree Aotearoa? Public Health Expert 14 Dec 2020