Tagged: Smoking

Some sense on vaping - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 15, 2015

Here's public health Associate Professor Marewa Glover:There are now more ex-smoking vapers helping smokers to quit than there are paid smoking cessation practitioners. Meanwhile, Government-paid smoking cessation workers peddle their patches and gum, sprays and meds, and insist upon smokers attending group therapy.If the Government and public health advocates stuck to a precautionary approach we could almost forgive them, … 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

Optimising the effects of plain packaging for tobacco – making Quitline information more salient - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 10, 2014

Professor Janet Hoek and Emeritus Professor Philip Gendall Given plain packaging of tobacco products will likely increase the tension many smokers experience, simple measures that enhance smokers’ access to cessation support, and affirm their decision to try and quit, could … Continue reading → … Read More

Costs and Benefits - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 07, 2014

The Ministry of Justice report on minimum pricing and excise got one big important thing right: it counted as a cost that consumers would lose consumer surplus. It balanced that against potential health savings for some and potential reductions in alcohol-related crime. While I disagreed with their underlying elasticity estimates, which led them to understate consumption losses relative to … Read More

New US Surgeon General’s Report – Ideas for new tobacco health warnings on packs or are different messages required? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jan 30, 2014

Associate Professor Nick Wilson, Professor Janet Hoek, Professor Tony Blakely The recently released US Surgeon General’s report gives “sufficient” evidence of causality for 13 additional health conditions (e.g., colorectal cancer, diabetes, and stroke from secondhand smoke). In this blog post … Continue reading → … Read More