Story: Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino

Rates of smoking

Rates of smoking

When the smoking rate for Māori and non-Māori in 2009 was broken down by age and gender, differing patterns of use were apparent. Māori started smoking younger, more did so, and the higher proportion was maintained as people got older. One result was that about twice as many Māori as non-Māori were exposed to second-hand smoke at home and in the car.

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Source: Statistics New Zealand

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Megan Cook, 'Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino - Māori use of tobacco', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013