Table 1

Smokers’ characteristics (2006–2012)

CharacteristicsSmoker status*χ2
Significant at p
Regular smoker (%)Intermittent smoker (%)
Age
 15 (n=3553)21.878.2<0.05
 14 (n=5680)19.880.2
Gender
 Female (n=4596)22.877.2<0.01
 Male (n=4636)18.381.7
Ethnicity
 Māori (n=3774)27.572.5<0.01
 Pacific (n=1224)18.781.3
 European (n=3629)15.484.6
 Other (n=231)12.187.9
 Asian (n=374)11.888.2
School-based SES
 Low: decile 1–3 (n=2646)26.873.2<0.01
 Medium: decile 4–7 (n=4157)19.780.3
 High: decile 8–10 (n=2428)15.284.8
  • *Data weighted by age, ethnicity and school socioeconomic status (SES) indicator.