Facts and information


The workplace is an ideal place to spread the smokefree message, help smokers quit, and create an environment where others are discouraged to start.

The government has a goal to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025.

That means having less than 5% of New Zealanders who smoke, and protecting those who don’t smoke from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.


Who’s still smoking – and who’s not?

The number of New Zealanders who smoke is declining, but 16% of us continue to light up. There are direct social and economic benefits from giving up.

Providing a smokefree environment

All indoor work areas have had to be smokefree by law since 2004. Outdoor workplaces and vehicles are still exempt unless a workplace has a smokefree policy.

The benefits of a smokefree workplace

Employees who smoke take more sick leave. And, as they typically take four 10-minute cigarette breaks a day, on average they work a whole month less a year than a non-smoker.

Smoking costs – and smokefree benefits

Smoking takes a serious toll on our country’s productivity, but investing in helping your people quit puts money in everyone’s pockets.

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