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Smokefree research

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