Tagged: Smoking

Vaping needs much tighter regulation as we approach Smokefree Aotearoa 2025: Two new studies - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 24, 2021

Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Jennifer Summers, Driss Ait Ouakrim, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards, Tony Blakely* Two recent studies provide new insights into the impact vaping may have on public health. The first estimates that use of modern vaping devices could be around a third as harmful to health as smoking. The second uses these findings to estimate the net health … Read More

E-cigarettes: misconceptions about their dangers may be preventing people from quitting smoking - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 07, 2021

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, University of Oxford When electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) first emerged, they became a popular way for people to quit smoking. But in 2019, a mysterious lung condition emerged that primarily affected young people, particularly those who vaped. This left many questioning the safety of e-cigarettes. The condition was named e-cigarettes or vaping use-associated lung injury – or Evali for … Read More

Smoke screens: vaping on film looks less glamorous than the Hollywood smoking of yesteryear - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 07, 2021

Becky Freeman, University of Sydney and Christina Watts, University of Sydney   The murder investigation hits another dead end. Tired and frustrated, the detective stomps out of the station. She stares into the middle distance, forcefully sucking on a vape and expelling smoky puffs. Actor Kate Winslett has smoked on screen before, but not like this. The tobacco and entertainment … Read More

NZ’s smoking rates dropped dramatically thanks to a hard-hitting campaign. Could we do the same to bring emissions down? - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Feb 26, 2021

Caroline Shaw, University of Otago New Zealand has the highest per capita car ownership in the OECD, and reducing emissions from the transport sector is seen as a wicked problem. As part of its recently released advice for the government’s first emissions reduction plan, the Climate Change Commission is calling for a public education campaign … Read More

Getting the Marketing Mix Right: A Commentary on NZ’s Forthcoming Vaping Regulations - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Oct 01, 2020

Janet Hoek, Lindsay Robertson, Jude Ball, Richard Edwards, Anaru Waa On August 11 2020, the NZ Parliament passed legislation that extends existing regulation of tobacco and herbal smoking products to vaping products (or electronic nicotine delivery systems [ENDS] and heated tobacco products (HTPs]. The new Act represents an important step in managing access to ENDS and HTPs, and regulating how … Read More

After the new law for smokefree cars for Kiwi kids, what next? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jun 04, 2020

George Thomson, Nick Wilson, Richard Edwards This blog discusses the passing of the Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Act last week. We briefly review some lessons from this legislation’s long journey and explore future smokefree possibilities in Aotearoa / New Zealand.   A law providing smokefree cars for children is a matter for … Read More

Proposed Vaping Regulations for NZ: Strengths and Limitations - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Feb 25, 2020

Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, Andrew Waa, Nick Wilson, George Thomson Minister Jenny Salesa announced the Government’s long-awaited Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill on Sunday 23 February.  The Bill contains some important provisions as it works to strike a balance between ensuring regulated products are available to smokers wishing to quit, while at the same time … Read More

Tobacco Excise Taxes and the Smokefree 2025 Goal: Some Ways Forward - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jan 16, 2020

Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, George Thomson, Andrew Waa, Nick Wilson Debate over tobacco tax increases has intensified as research indicates potentially conflicting policy directions. On the one hand, excise tax increases continue to stimulate quit attempts among smokers yet, on the other hand, they may lead to financial hardship for some smokers and increase retail crime. In this blog, we … Read More

Ten things we can learn from new smoking and vaping data about progress to Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Dec 17, 2019

Richard Edwards, Janet Hoek, Nick Wilson, Andrew Waa [All from Department of Public Heath, University of Otago, Wellington] New NZ Health Survey data show some encouraging recent reductions in smoking prevalence. However, progress remains inadequate to achieve the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal and the government needs to take urgent action, particularly to reduce marked disparities for Māori and Pacific peoples. Read More

Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Dec 02, 2019

Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year 10 survey data have been interpreted as suggesting few young … Read More