The New Zealand Medical Journal

New Zealand, like several other developed countries, has witnessed a period of Decline in Smoking and related mortality. Smoking rates, however, remain at levels sufficient to cause health problems for a significant portion of the population, and for Maori in particular. There are considerable human and economic costs in the treatment and care of smokers, as well as persons affected by second-hand smoke.1 In New Zealand, it is estimated that 24% of females and 26% of males smoke daily.2