Tobacco control sector information

This page contains contact details for the organisations in the tobacco control sector.

Tobacco control sector information

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The tobacco control sector has a diverse range of stakeholders, each having an essential role to achieve the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal. This guide includes contact information for Government and regional agencies, non-government organisations and training services.

Stop smoking services

In Aotearoa, anyone can access free stop-smoking support through Quitline and local face-to-face services.

Government agencies

Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand is responsible for planning and commissioning hospital, primary and community health services.

The National Public Health Service sits within Te Whatu Ora and works towards pae ora (healthy futures) by engaging with the wider determinants that impact on people’s health, focusing on oranga (wellbeing), health promotion, protection, prevention and population-level intervention. 

Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority leads and monitors transformational change in the way the entire health system understands and responds to the health and wellbeing needs of whānau Māori.

Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health is the key Ministry for policy development in the tobacco control area and is involved policy, service development and operational aspects of tobacco control.

Te Pou Hauora | Tūmatanui Public Health Agency within Manatū Hauora leads population and public health policy, strategy, regulatory, intelligence, surveillance and monitoring functions across the health system.

These agencies work alongside whānau, communities, and other sectors, drawing on Mātauranga Māori and data to provide health promotion, prevention, and health protection at local, regional, and national levels. 

Non-Government agencies

Hāpai Te Hauora is the National Tobacco Control Advocacy service in Aotearoa. It ensures that the government’s public consultations on Smokefree legislation are considered and translated into public health policies and programmes, and in particular for Māori and Pacific peoples.

Tala Pasifika (Pacific Action for Change) is an initiative to unite Pacific peoples in action and improve health outcomes.

Aspire Aotearoa is a partnership between major Aotearoa research groups that is carrying out tobacco control research and aims to strengthen existing collaborations to help achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal equitably.

ASH (Action for Smokefree 2025) is an incorporated society that serves as the leading independent campaign voice for tobacco control measures. ASH also undertakes research including the ASH Year 10 Survey, the largest survey of its type in Aotearoa.

The Cancer Society promotes a smokefree New Zealand through policy and advocacy. As the greatest preventable cause of cancer in Aotearoa, tobacco smoking is a key focus for the Cancer Society. 

The Heart Foundation assists health professionals who are working with people at high risk of heart disease. This includes providing tools and guidance to help people understand the impact of smoking on their heart health.

Training Services

Inspiring Limited co-ordinates the National Training Service on behalf of the Ministry of Health. The National Training Service delivers qualifications for stop-smoking practitioners and is responsible for the national training strategy across smoking cessation fields. It offers the Stop Smoking Practitioners’ Programme, which includes remote and face-to-face learning.

Page last updated: 29 Aug 2023