SMOKING IN NEW ZEALAND
According to the Ministry of Health, smoking kills more people in New Zealand each year than car accidents, alcohol, other drugs, suicide, and drowning, all put together.
It wasn’t until the 1930s that medical experts noticed a rise in lung cancer rates. By the 1950s researchers had pinpointed smoking as a leading cause.
In 1963, cigarette advertising was banned on New Zealand television and radio.
In 1974, the first health warnings appeared on cigarette packets.
In 1984, Maori reportedly had the highest rates of lung cancer in the world.
Workplaces and indoor public areas have been ruled smokefree since the Smokefree Environments Act 1990, which was passed to prevent passive smoking.
Cigarette advertising was banned in the print media in 1990.
Tobacco sponsorship was banned in 1995.
In 2003, smoking was made illegal in restaurants and bars.
The Government has a goal for New Zealand to be smokefree by 2025.