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2013 Census ethnic group profiles:
Polish
Cigarette smoking

Cigarette smoking behaviour

For people aged 15 years and over identifying with the Polish ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • 11.8 percent said they were regular smokers.
  • 60.7 percent said they had never smoked regularly.
  • The number of ex-smokers increased to 27.5 percent in 2013, compared with 27.0 percent in 2006.
Cigarette smoking behaviour
Polish and European ethnic groups, and New Zealand population aged 15 years and over
2006 and 2013 Censuses

  Polish European NZ population
  2006 2013 2006 2013 2006 2013
Cigarette smoking behaviour Percent
Regular smoker 17.9 11.8 19.4 13.9 20.7 15.1
Ex-smoker 27.0 27.5 24.5 25.9 22.1 22.9
Never smoked regularly 55.0 60.7 56.1 60.2 57.2 62.0
Total people 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Source: Statistics New Zealand


Age and sex of cigarette smokers

For people aged 15 years and over identifying with the Polish ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • 13.8 percent of men were regular smokers, compared with 10.9 percent of women.

Polish ethnic group aged 15 years and over who smoked cigarettes regularly
By age group and sex
2013 Census
Specified ethnic group aged 15 years and over who smoked cigarettes regularly, by age group and sex, 2013 Census


Note: This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in text, tables, and graphs. The accuracy of percentages may be affected by this rounding, particularly for ethnic groups with small populations.

4 September 2014: We have removed two bullet points on age and sex of cigarette smokers. The data in the bullet points could have been confusing or been misinterpreted if compared with the graph in this section. The update to this page may mean that numbers have changed because random rounding has been reapplied.

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