Story: Pacific Island health

Pacific smokers

In 2013, 23% of Pacific people aged over 15 smoked tobacco regularly – 8% above the national average. The proportion of smokers varied between different ethnic groups: the heaviest smokers were Tokelauans (32%) and the lightest Fijians (13%). Smoking increases the risk of cancer and heart disease. Groups such as Smokefree ran courses to help Pacific people to quit the habit.

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Colin Tukuitonga, 'Pacific Island health - Risk factors and health service delivery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2021)

Story by Colin Tukuitonga, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 9 Jan 2019