A recent study in Niue shows that the island could achieve its goal of being 'smoke-free' by 2025.

Results published from a 2011 World Health Organisation survey highlights that smoking rates on Niue have fallen to just 11.6 per cent overall.

Jeanie McKenzie, Adviser on Non-Communicable Diseases and Tobacco Control at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community has told Radio Australia's it's a marked decrease.

"About 30 years ago, 60 per cent or so of population smoked, especially men aged over 25," she said.

"Now we've got a drop to about 16 per cent of males... for women it's only about 7.6 per cent."

Ms McKenzie says this represents significant progress for the small Pacific nation.

"Niue has one of the lowest daily smoking rates in the Pacific at the moment. It has the lowest rate for men," she said.

Niue has had a long-standing smoking cessation service which claims it is responsible for one of the highest quit-smoking rates in the Pacific.

Ms McKenzie says a number of factors have contributed to the decline in smokers.

"There's a community perception that smoking isn't cool and that it's not good for their health," she said.

"That would affect the take up as far as young people are concerned."

She also says the relatively high price of tobacco - about $14 dollars per pack - also acts as a deterrent.

Niue is working toward being 'smoke-free' by 2025.

Ms McKenzie says the communities involvement is crucial in reaching this goal.

"There've been many discussions in the past about Niue having a supply side solution," she said.

"It's such a small place and it would be possible to restrict or limit the amount of tobacco that comes into the country."

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