Tagged: smokefree New Zealand

The hardening hypothesis for smoking – but does the evidence point to “softening” in NZ? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Aug 22, 2016

By Prof Richard Edwards The hardening hypothesis suggests that as smoking prevalence declines, the remaining smokers will be the more addicted ones who are less likely to quit. But does the NZ evidence support this? This blog considers these issues and explores the potential implications for achieving NZ’s Smokefree 2025 goal. The ‘hardening hypothesis’ emerged in the 1980s and proposed … Read More

The race to be the first place in Aotearoa to be smokefree - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Dec 17, 2015

Associate Professor George Thomson, Professor Richard Edwards There is growing frustration with lack of robust action and progress at the national level with the Smokefree 2025 goal. However, it is not all bad news. A major avenue of hope for a smokefree Aotearoa comes from the enthusiastic efforts by local coalitions of local government, NGOs and iwi. Here we … Read More

Potential new regulatory options for e-cigarettes/ANDS in NZ - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 25, 2015

By a group of nine academic tobacco/nicotine researchers* E-cigarette usage is growing in NZ and around the world but the scientific evidence-base regarding the benefits and risks of these types of products remains uncertain. The health-based policy experience is also … Continue reading → … Read More

The Smokefree 2025 goal is in danger of receding – will the Ministry of Health’s ‘realignment’ get it back on track? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 18, 2015

Professors Richard Edwards, Chris Cunningham, and Janet Hoek; Associate Professors George Thomson and Nick Wilson The Ministry of Health proposes realigning tobacco control services to progress New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal. However, will a ‘realignment’ of existing services ensure the … Continue reading → … Read More

Highlights of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 17, 2015

Professor Richard Edwards, Professor Robert Beaglehole and Stephanie Erick The 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCToH) has just been held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In this blog post we describe some of the main themes and … Continue reading → … Read More

Possible Strategic Approaches to Achieve the NZ Government’s Smokefree 2025 Goal - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 20, 2014

Associate Professor Nick Wilson, Professor Richard Edwards, Associate Professor George Thomson, Frederieke S van der Deen, Dr Cristina Cleghorn, Professor Tony Blakely Previously published NZ-based modelling work has explored business-as-usual trends in smoking prevalence, and the potential roles of interventions … Continue reading → … Read More

Protecting children in cars from tobacco smoke: The inconsistent case of new mandatory child restraints while optional smoking persists - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 01, 2013

Dr Ninya Maubach Today sees new rules to ensure children are safely secured in cars come into force, yet many remain exposed to hazardous second hand tobacco smoke (SHS) in vehicles. This blog ask why regulators are prepared to introduce … Continue reading → … Read More