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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.

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