The harms from tobacco are well established. There is a wealth of evidence illustrating the dangers of this highly addictive and harmful substance. Smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand, with approximately 5000 deaths each year from smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke. Recent Australian research has estimated that two thirds of all long-term smokers die of a smoking related illness.
Tobacco-related research is undertaken both here in New Zealand and internationally that aims to inform, support and guide tobacco control measures.
To be effective, tobacco control needs to be founded on accurate and reliable evidence. These tobacco control research pages aim to provide links to such evidence, to keep those working in tobacco control up-to-date with the latest research and data. To combat the harms from smoking, New Zealand has a well-established, multi-faceted tobacco control programme.