Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in New Zealand, accounting for between 4,300 and 4,700 deaths every year. When deaths associated with exposure to second hand smoke are included in these figures, the rate rises to over 5000 per year.
Research indicates that smoking causes one in four of all cancer deaths in New Zealand, and increases the risk of respiratory disease, circulation problems, urinary tract and bladder disease, and diseases of the digestive tract.
Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service supports actions to achieve the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 vision. Read more on our position statement.
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