Working towards a smokefree/ auahi kore future

Tobacco smoking is the main cause of premature death and disability in New Zealand. It results in almost 5000 deaths every year, killing more than half of those who use it.

Smokefree Aotearoa 2025New Zealand is moving towards the goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 and this is supported by the Canterbury DHB and Community and Public Health. A Smokefree Aotearoa means:

  • that our children and grandchildren will enjoy tobacco-free lives;
  • that almost no one will smoke – less than 5 percent of the population will be current smokers; and
  • it will be very difficult to sell or supply tobacco.

Community and Public Health’s goal is to reduce the tobacco-related harm experienced by the people of our region, by focusing on:


Auahi Kore and the health of Māori and Pacific people

Auahi Kore LogoNationally nearly half of Māori and 1 in 3 Pacific people smoke, compared to 1 in 5 people for the total NZ population.

Community and Public Health is committed to addressing the particular issues that contribute to smoking in the Māori and Pacific communities.

Our staff promote and support smokefree while working with Māori and Pacific communities in many settings including marae, churches, schools and workplaces.

Working for change through smokefree Networks

Staff at Community and Public Health also work with other organisations on joint projects and an annual celebration of World Smokefree Day (31st May).

Smokefree Canterbury Logo with byline: Working together to achieve a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.Here are some of the smokefree networks that Community and Public Health staff are involved with:

Collaborative work by Community and Public Health with other agencies includes:

  • encouraging community, workplaces and other organisations to support the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal;
  • working with health professionals in hospitals and general practice to ensure they are providing advice and support to patients who smoke;
  • providing education and support on smoking cessation services;
  • helping social service organisations to be more skilled at addressing smokefree with their clients; and
  • working with local Councils to promote more smokefree public places.



Contact your local CPH office for further information:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125

Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091

Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169

Let everyone know your place is smokefree

Sign stating Smokefree at all Times.

Ministry of Health advice on young people vaping

Ministry of Health media release: 30th September 2019
Concerns have been expressed by school teachers and professional bodies about young people vaping and the Ministry of Health would like to reiterate its advice about vaping.

Children, young people and non-smokers should not vape (use e-cigarettes). Vaping products are intended for smokers only.

  • People who do not smoke should not vape.
  • Vaping products are not risk-free.
  • The long-term health effects of vaping are unknown.
  • Vaping products contain nicotine which is highly addictive.

Anyone who feels unwell after using a vaping product is encouraged to seek medical advice.

Page last updated: 16/10/2019

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