Exposure to second-hand smoke in the home has dropped

Here are the key facts from our latest factsheet on second-hand smoke exposure in the home.

  • Around 29,000 children aged 0–14 years were exposed to second-hand smoke in the home in 2015/16.
  • Exposure to second-hand smoke for children has decreased considerably from 9.6% in 2006/07 to 3.2% in 2015/16. Second-hand smoke exposure among non-smoking adults has more than halved between 2006/07 (7.7%) and 2015/16 (3.2%).
  • Children living in the most deprived neighbourhoods (NZDep2013 quintile 5) were 18.1 times as likely to be exposed to second-hand smoke in the home than those in the least deprived areas.
  • Young people aged 15–24 years, Māori children, and Pacific non-smoking adults had the highest exposure to second-hand smoke.

Visit our second-hand smoke exposure page for more information.