The new Tobacco Control Plan for MidCentral Health is aimed at reducing further the number of people who smoke in our district over the next three years. This is to help NZ achieve ‘Smokefree Aotearoa’ by 2025, a government goal.
The plan has 11 focus areas and responds to the slightly higher smoking prevalence within the MCH district than the rest of NZ. The current strategy is not sufficient for MCH to meet the 2025 goal.
However between 2006 and 2013 there were 6300 fewer smokers — an average of 900 fewer smokers a year. To achieve the goal MCH estimates it will need 1200 fewer smokers a year and continuing with the current plan will not achieve the results required.
The new plan with strategies for each priority area, will focus on priority groups like youth, pregnant women, Maori and pacific, refugee and mental health and addiction service users. Regular smoking was most prevalent in the 25-29 age group for both males and females.