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New Zealand ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on January 27, 2004. In 2007, the ITC Project partnered with researchers at the University of Otago launched first cohort of adult smokers of the ITC New Zealand (NZ) Survey. In 2015, a second cohort of adult smokers and former smokers aged 18 and older of the ITC New Zealand (NZL) Survey was established also with researchers at the University of Otago.

The Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan was launched on Thursday December 9th, 2021. The desired outcomes of the plan are to eliminate inequities in smoking rates and smoking-related illness, to create a smokefree generation, and to increase the number of people who successfully quit smoking. To achieve these outcomes, the plan focuses on the following six areas: ensuring Māori leadership and leadership at all levels, increasing health promotion and community mobilization, increasing evidence-based stop smoking services, reducing the addictiveness and appeal of smoked tobacco products, reducing the availability of smoked tobacco products, and ensuring manufacturers, importers, and retailers meet their legal obligations. The ITC New Zealand Project is in the perfect position to be able to evaluate these policies as they are implemented.

Survey Overview

Survey Mode: Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) 1
Wave Survey Dates Survey Sample Size
NZ1-Cohort1 March 19, 2007 to February 8, 2008 1,376 Smokers
NZ2-Cohort1 April 1, 2008 to January 1, 2009 923 Smokers and Quitters (recontact only)
Survey Mode: Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) 2
Wave Survey Dates Survey Sample Size
NZL1-Cohort2 August 30, 2016 to April 22, 2017 1,149 (1,018 Smokers and 131 Quitters)
NZL2-Cohort2 June 26 to December 11, 2018 970 (889 Smokers and 81 Quitters)
Survey Mode: Web Interview
Wave Survey Dates Survey Sample Size
NZL3-Cohort2 November 8, 2020 to February 27, 2021 1,280 (1,042 Smokers and 238 Quitters)
NZL3.5-Cohort2 June 8 to July 26, 2021 624* (401 Smokers and 223 Quitters) *recontact only
NZL4-Cohort2 Anticipated June 2022 Target sample size N=1,150 Smokers and 450 Quitters

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Partner Institutions

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