Smoking is the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality, and of health inequalities in New Zealand, and is estimated to cause 4,500 to 5,000 deaths every year.
Tobacco is a uniquely harmful consumer product responsible for the premature death of half its long-term users. No other legal consumer product causes such widespread harm; smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and is a leading cause of cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, and a range of other conditions.
The New Zealand Government has commitment to making Aotearoa/New Zealand smokefree by 2025, and research has an important role to play in achieving this national goal.
While maintaining a broad interest in all aspects of tobacco control, our research team focuses on youth smoking issues. Our research includes preventing smoking uptake and exposure to second-hand smoke, reducing access to tobacco, examining the retail of tobacco, and examining changes in the patterns of smoking among young people.
Current smokefree projects
- New Zealand adolescents’ discouragement of smoking among their peers
- NZ tobacco control experts’ views towards policies to reduce tobacco availability
- Smokers' views of financial incentives to quit smoking in New Zealand
- Access to tobacco retail outlets and quit success
- Local authority commitment to New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 Goal
- Smoking cessation and changes in binge drinking among New Zealand adults
Smokefree research team
- Dr Louise Marsh Senior Research Fellow
- Dr Lindsay Robertson Research Fellow
- Professor Rob McGee Professor