Tagged: cigarettes

Informative advertising - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 09, 2018

New Zealand’s in a fun legal limbo right now on e-cigarettes. Everybody knows that the Ministry of Health is soon to be liberalising, so the de jure restrictions that prevent selling of nicotine-containing e-liquids aren’t being enforced. It’s pretty easy to get vaping liquid. In some ways, whatever regulatory regime comes out of this will be more restrictive than the … Read More

Patterns of declining smoking in NZ – But more action needed by the new government - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 21, 2017

By Nick Wilson, Frederieke Sanne van der Deen, Richard Edwards, George Thomson, Anaru Waa, Tony Blakely Just published results from the NZ Health Survey indicate ongoing declines in smoking for Māori and for European New Zealanders. In this blog we comment on the possible reasons for these trends and describe recent work on how progress could be accelerated. The results … Read More

The dramatic decrease in life-saving tobacco control policies - News

Jean Balchin Jul 20, 2017

4.7 billion people – 63% of world’s population – are covered by polices such as strong graphic warnings, smoke-free public places or other measures. According to the latest World Health Organisation report, more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas. Roughly 4.7 billion people, or 63% of the world’s … Read More

New Standardised Packaging Regulations: Some good steps, but many missed opportunities - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jun 28, 2017

Professor Janet Hoek and Professor Philip Gendall The NZ Government’s recently released Standardised Packaging Regulations contain some important advances over Australia’s legislation, but they also miss opportunities to recognise tobacco industry innovations. This blog discusses changes that establish a new benchmark and why these are important, but also examines how the regulations could have gone further and suggests … Read More

Plain packaging – new regulations - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 15, 2017

The New Zealand government finally got around to telling the tobacco companies what the rules will be under plain packaging. Plain packaging won’t be in effect for a while yet, but it takes a while to adjust production lines – it’s good that they finally got the rules out.  Fairfax’s Rob Stock called me asking for comment on plain … Read More

New Zealand Can Lead the World in Tobacco Control: Plain Packaging 2.0 - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 10, 2016

Janet Hoek, Co-Director, ASPIRE2025 and Professor of Marketing and Philip Gendall, ASPIRE2025 and Emeritus Professor of Marketing The Prime Minister’s decision to progress plain packaging legislation “sooner rather than later” is an important step towards our smokefree 2025 goal. There are four key areas for improving on Australia’s legislation to maximise the effectiveness of plain packaging: preventing the proliferation of brand … Read More

Plain packaging of cigarettes: Evidence and Effects - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 23, 2012

Authored by Professor Janet Hoek, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Professor Richard Edwards & Dr Ninya Maubach. Allan Main raises questions about the likely effectiveness of plain packaging and suggests we need to take more heed of some economists’ claims, namely that plain packaging will lead to increased price competition which may, ironically, increase tobacco consumption. We disagree … Read More

Plain packaging of cigarettes: Economics and unintended consequences - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 20, 2012

by Allan Main With Australia being first-mover to legislate for plain packaging of tobacco products, and given the closeness of our countries, the noise level is rising on what New Zealand’s policy should be. Generally that debate is providing a great deal of heat and very little light. Commentators with backgrounds in public health, sociology, intellectual property law/international … Read More