Fewer Cantabrians puffing on tobacco
Fewer Cantabrians than previously thought are smoking to deal with post-quake stress.
The number of Canterbury adults regularly smoking has dropped from 19 per cent in 2006 to 14.6 per cent last year, newly released Census data show.
During that time, 14,997 fewer people turned to tobacco, debunking findings of recent studies suggesting more people were lighting up in the wake of the earthquakes.
A notable decrease was also recorded among the region's young smokers.