Tagged: tobacco

Vaping: A new weapon in the battle against obesity? - News

John Kerr Oct 26, 2016

E-cigarettes may have a part to play in fighting the growing obesity epidemic, say New Zealand researchers. Electronic cigarettes have been welcomed by some, but not all,  public health researchers as a potential new tool to help smokers kick the tobacco habit. Now a new commentary published today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research lays out the case for vaping – using e-cigarettes – … Read More

Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 – how might tobacco retail restrictions contribute? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Oct 19, 2016

By Dr Amber Pearson, Frederieke Sanne van der Deen, Dr Cristina Cleghorn, Dr Nhung Nghiem, Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Nick Wilson We have just published research on the health gains and cost-savings from various legally mandated restrictions on tobacco retail outlets. In this blog, we briefly consider the results and put the findings in a wider context of … Read More

Should Smokefree Indoor Areas = Vapefree Areas? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Oct 03, 2016

Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Janet Hoek, A/Prof George Thomson, Prof Richard Edwards The NZ Ministry of Health is currently reviewing public submissions on options that would allow nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to be sold legally in NZ. This consultation raises questions about how the wider uptake of e-cigarette use (known as “vaping”) will be managed. In this blog, we consider arguments … Read More

A policy and research agenda for roll-your-own tobacco - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 19, 2016

By Professor Janet Hoek, Professor Karine Gallopel-Morvan, Professor Richard Edwards, Professor Tony Blakely New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is now less than ten years away but we are unlikely to achieve this world-leading goal unless the Government introduces innovative new policies that reduce smoking prevalence (1). Existing measures have tackled different facets of tobacco marketing, with plain packaging reducing a … Read More

Pharmacy only access for e-cigarette nicotine - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 09, 2016

The folks over at the public health blog argue that access to nicotine for vaping should only be through pharmacies, or maybe through some licensed registered shops. One thing is obviously missing from their tallying of the relative costs and benefits of pharmacy-only access. I’ll copy their table below. A brief summary table Attribute/issue Pharmacies Vape stores Product array … Read More

Perspective: Options for licensed retailing of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in NZ - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 08, 2016

Professor Nick Wilson, Professor Janet Hoek, Frederieke Sanne van der Deen, Associate Professor George Thomson, Professor Richard Edwards The NZ Ministry of Health is currently consulting on options around making nicotine-containing e-cigarettes available in NZ. This Perspective Blog briefly examines possible pros and cons of two plausible licensed retail options: pharmacies and vape shops. It also highlights … Read More

Has New Zealand lost its way in tobacco control? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 08, 2016

By Simon Chapman, University of Sydney The New Zealand government has decided to reorient its priorities in tobacco control. It has announced it will be pulling 73% of its previous funding support for tobacco control advocacy. The only money allocated for tobacco control to do the vital work of building and sustaining community and multi-party support for … Read More

The likely harm from e-cigarettes compared to tobacco - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jul 04, 2016

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Coral Gartner, Prof Richard Edwards This blog considers recent studies in which the biomarker levels in e-cigarette users (vapers) are compared to those from tobacco smokers. The results are highly variable but all suggest lower levels of risk to vapers relative to tobacco smokers. Yet as the situation with vaping is very dynamic (new products, changing … Read More

E-cigarettes to tobacco: exploring the relationship between risky activities - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 16, 2016

Suppose you observed that kids who tried some risky-looking novel activity X were more likely to go on to try some other risky activity Y. Should you conclude that X leads to Y, or that kids who are risk-, sensation-, or novelty-seeking will exhibit that on more than one margin? Cohort selection effects matter: the ones who try X aren’t … Read More

Tobacco tax increases: new model measures impact - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 30, 2016

By Frederieke Sanne van der Deen, Nick Wilson, Tony Blakely On Thursday the NZ Government announced it would continue it’s programme of yearly 10% tobacco tax increases for the years 2017 to 2020 inclusive. Using our peer-reviewed BODE3 forecasting model, we project that with these additional four years of tax increases smoking prevalence in 2020 will be 21.4% for Māori … Read More