Tobacco and Vaping

Tobacco use causes 9.9% of premature death and disability in Aotearoa/New Zealand

15% of 15-17-year-olds vape daily 

Aotearoa can be a Smokefree country, free from the harms of tobacco and the health inequity it brings.

We can be a country where vaping is effectively regulated and used only by people who are trying to quit smoking.

Health Coalition Aotearoa is committed to fulfilling this vision.

Tobacco use continues to take a catastrophic toll on New Zealanders resulting in disease and early death, while a growing number of young people are addicted to vaping.

New Zealand led the world in tobacco control with Smokefree 2025 (a goal of achieving less than 5% of smoking prevalence across all population groups).

We will only achieve this with the implementation of the 2022 Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment.

Greater regulations of the vaping sector are urgently needed to protect youth and never smokers from nicotine addiction.

Key facts



About 7.3% of pregnant women are smokers, and smoking during and after pregnancy is the leading cause of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)

Where should we be heading?

There are international and national goals to reduce tobacco and vaping harm:

Aotearoa’s Smokefree goal is that by 2025, smoking rates for all population groups will be less than 5%.

WHO issued a call to action on vapes in December, 2023 for “urgent and strong decisive action to prevent uptake of e-cigarettes… should be taken to protect children, as well as non-smokers”.

Reducing tobacco and vaping harm

These actions will help Aotearoa become Smokefree and effectively manage vaping:



HCA advocacy on tobacco and vaping control is informed by a Smokefree Expert Advisory Panel  whose members are leaders in tobacco control research and practice. 

For more information on a Smokefree Aotearoa and research on tobacco visit: Cancer SocietyHāpai Te Hauora, and ASPIRE Aotearoaand The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI)