Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand, accounting for around 4,300 to 4,700 deaths per year.i ii When the deaths caused from exposure to second-hand smoke are included, this estimate increases to around 5,000 deaths per year. iii iv

Tobacco is the only legal consumer product that when used as the manufacturer intends kills half its users.v

A Tobacco-free retailer is one that does not sell or stock tobacco products. However some retailers may still choose to sell tobacco paraphernalia (rolling papers, filters and tobacco tins etc).


i Peto R, Lopez AD, Boreham J, et al. 2006. Mortality from smoking in developed countries 1950-2000. Second edition., retrieved 24 June 2009.

ii Public Health Intelligence. 2002. Tobacco Facts May 2002 (Public Health Intelligence Occasional Report no 2). Wellington: Ministry of Health

iii Ministry of Health. 2004. Looking upstream: Causes of death cross-classified by risk and condition, New Zealand 1997. Wellington: Ministry of Health. 

iv Tobias M, Turley M. 2005. Causes of death classified by risk and condition, New Zealand 1997. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29, 5-12.