Tobacco is the second largest cause of preventable death in New Zealand and is the second-most common recreational drug used, after alcohol.
People who die from smoking tobacco lose, on average, 14 years of life compared to non-smokers. Tobacco is the only known consumer product that kills half of its users when used as the manufacturer directs. Smoking accounts for 9% of all illness, disability and premature mortality in New Zealand in 2013 (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2015).
The 2014/15 New Zealand Health Survey published in 2015 found: