Report

Disparities in age of smoking initiation and transition to daily smoking in New Zealand

1 Sep 2019
Description

This report explores the age of smoking initiation and transition into daily smoking using a nationally representative sample of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over. The study examined the mean age of smoking initiation and transition into daily smoking as a whole and by age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation status.

Key findings:

  1. In 2018, the mean ages of smoking initiation and daily uptake were 15.3 years and 17.6 years respectively.
  2. Māori (14.1 years) and current smokers (14.8 years) were more likely to start smoking at a younger age.
  3. Males (15.3 years) were more likely to start smoking at a younger age when compared to females (16.1 years).
  4. Māori (16.7 years) were more likely to take up daily smoking at a younger age.  Pasifika and Asian people were less likely to initiate first and daily smoking at a younger age.
  5. The mean transition duration from smoking initiation to daily uptake was 2.5 years for all smokers, although only 1.4 years for Asian people.
  6. Overall, there has been no significant increase in the mean age of smoking initiation between 2012 and 2018, and there has been no significant increase in the mean age of uptake of daily smoking between 2010 and 2018.
  7. In 2018, Pasifika people were more likely to start smoking and take up daily smoking at a later age when compared to Pasifika people in 2012 and 2010 respectively.
Publication Details
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ISBN: 
978-0-478-44986-0
Language: 
English
License Type: 
All Rights Reserved
Published year only: 
2019
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