Tobacco control sector information

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

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The tobacco control sector has a diverse range of stakeholders, and each has an essential role to play to help achieve Smokefree 2025. Click below for contact information about national agencies, non-government agencies, training services and District Health Boards.

Stop smoking services

In New Zealand anyone can access free stop smoking support with Quitline and local face to face services. Click here to find all the contact information for New Zealand’s stop smoking services.

National Agencies

The Ministry of Health is the key agency for policy development in the tobacco control area and is involved in a large number of policy, service development and operational aspects of tobacco control.

The Health Promotion Directorate within Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand leads and delivers programmes that inspire people to lead healthier lives. In terms of tobacco control, it leads national mass media activities including and is involved in a range of national and regional interventions and resource-provision to support the smokefree goal. The Health Promotion Directorate is responsible for a range of national surveys and develops fact sheets on a range topics including public support and awareness and hosts the Tobacco Control Data Repository.

Hāpai Te Hauora are charged with the Tobacco Control Advocacy Service for all communities, being Māori, Pasifika, Asian and General (Main stream) population groupings, with a focus on addressing the populations with the highest needs.

ASPIRE2025 is a partnership between major New Zealand research groups who are carrying out tobacco control research and strengthens existing collaborations by bringing together leading researchers and health agencies in New Zealand. 

Non-Government Agencies

Action for Smokefree 2025 (ASH)  produces and collects sound evidence to enable policy makers and communities to contribute to a Smokefree New Zealand. 

Tala Pasifika represents a movement for Pacific peoples to live healthy and smokefree lives.

The Cancer Society promotes a smokefree New Zealand through policy and advocacy by regional health promoters throughout New Zealand.

The Heart Foundation partners with ASH (Action for Smokefree 2025) to support work in achieving the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal. It 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

District Health Boards / Public Health Services

District health boards are responsible for providing or funding health services in their district. Each DHB has a tobacco control contract with the Ministry of Health that requires them to lead, coordinate and develop tobacco control activities. Each DHB has developed a tobacco control plan that describes what they will be working on to help achieve Smokefree Aotearoa 2025.

Regional public health services including tobacco control activities are delivered by 12 DHB-owned public health units.

Training Services

Inspiring Limited is a training provider who offers the Stop Smoking Practitioners’ Programme, which is made up of a mixture of remote and face-to-face learning.

The National Training Service Alliance was established to maintain a national standard in tobacco control treatment and practice. A range of courses are being developed and standardised, find out more about what is available.

Page last updated: 8 May 2023