Government and smokefree sector work pays off

The New Zealand Health Survey shows a dramatic decline in smoking.

"The hard work of the Government and those in the smokefree sector is paying dividends," ASH Director, Deborah Hart said. "But we must prioritise those who need support to quit smoking – Māori, Pacific and those in low socio-economic status."

Associate Professor Collin Tukuitonga was disappointed by the high smoking rates among the Pacific community. "It is disappointing that Pacific rates remain high. We can see from the vaccine rollout what can be achieved when communities are engaged.

"That is what we need to ensure Pacific people get to the Smokefree 2025 goal."

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