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What Do Young New Zealanders Want in Terms of Smoking Cessation?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 October 2013

Louise Marsh*
Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Preventive & Social Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand
Anna Dawson
Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Preventive & Social Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand
Rob McGee
Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Preventive & Social Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand
Address for correspondence: Dr Louise Marsh, Research Fellow, Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Preventive & Social Medicine, University of Otago, PO Box 913, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand. E-mail:


This study examines young New Zealand smokers’ views of what would help them quit smoking. A qualitative investigation using 10 focus groups with 66 current young smokers, aged between 15 and 17 years, was conducted throughout New Zealand, in late 2011. Transcripts from the focus groups were analysed using NVivo, and common themes and categories within themes were identified. Around half the participants had made a quit attempt in the past, some had tried multiple times using a range of methods; all were unsuccessful. They described both mental and physical difficulties for young people quitting. The participants developed an array of ideas for how to help young people quit smoking, encompassing having supportive people around them, making personal changes and adopting alternative behaviours to smoking, legislative changes, and ideas that were unique to young people. Cessation strategies which reach high risk smokers such as young people, Māori and Pacific peoples, are going to be vital for achieving a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.

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