New smoke-free initiatives needed to motivate Māori to quit

New smoke-free initiatives needed to motivate Māori to quit


Despite a raft of smoking
cessation programmes,
tobacco use by Maori remains
disproportionately high.
That’s prompted the Maori Affairs
select committee
to urge the Ministry of Health
to come up with new ways
to motivate Maori whanau
to stop smoking.
Irena Smith reports.
Focusing on the good stats…
…but the number of Maori smokers
is still quite high.
So what is the Ministry of Health
doing about it?
New Zealand’s goal
is to be smokefree by 2025.
But one Maori health worker says
the Ministry is not doing enough
to specifically fund programmes
focusing on Maori.
The Maori Affairs Select Committee
recommends they find a way
to tap into Whanau Ora
to get the message out.
Smoking is still higher
in lower socio-economic areas
although the Ministry
is funding programmes
in some of these communities
it is clear more needs to be done.
Irena Smith, Te Karere.

One thought on “New smoke-free initiatives needed to motivate Māori to quit

  • Instead of focussing on the number of Maori who are still smoking why not focus on the numbers who have given up. I'm sick to death of hearing about the disproportionate numbers of Maori smokers, health, education etc etc.  You can't expect miracles to happen overnight, it was first talked about in 2008 I think and after that initiatives were put in place to reduce/abstain Maori nicotine use. That's 7 years in the making and the timeframe date of abstinance is 2025.  Since then, how many have given up????

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