Not forgetting the benefits to youth and non-smokers – an example from increases in tobacco taxes

Monday, September 9th, 2019 | tedla55p | No Comments

Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Richard Edwards, Prof Janet Hoek

Tobacco control’s focus on supporting smokers to quit, thus reducing the harm they face (eg, via appropriately regulated access to e-cigarettes) remains important. However, we need to do more to protect youth and non-smokers from the burden of tobacco. In this blog we use the issue of tobacco tax increases to show the potentially large benefits to youth and non-smokers – as well as to smokers who quit. Policy-makers need to take a broad view of how tobacco control policies impact on society so that progress to the country’s Smokefree 2025 goal is accelerated.

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Reducing waiting times for cataract surgery is good value-for-money for falls prevention

Friday, August 30th, 2019 | tedla55p | No Comments

Nick Wilson, Matt Boyd, Adeline Kho, Graham Wilson

In an article published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today, we discuss our recent modelling work on expediting cataract surgery in NZ. In this blog we summarise the key findings and make comparisons with other falls prevention interventions.

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Meat, Health, Hospitals, and Sustainability*

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 | tedla55p | No Comments

Prof John Potter**

Achieving healthier diets that are also sustainable is increasingly in the news. In this blog, I look at the case for reducing the amount of meat in hospital meals and gently remind our dietitian colleagues not to let their dietary advice get out of date.

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What can we learn from Healthy Housing Initiatives? New evidence from the Wellington Well Homes scheme

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 | tedla55p | No Comments

Elinor Chisholm, Nevil Pierse, Cheryl Davies, Philippa Howden-Chapman

We know that poor housing conditions result in ill health for many New Zealanders, and we know which interventions are required to ensure good quality housing that supports health. Healthy Housing Initiatives intervene to improve the homes of kids who are hospitalised for illnesses that could be related to poor housing conditions. In this blog post, we draw on recently published research to gain insights about housing and health, and explore views about the effectiveness of these Ministry of Health-funded programmes.

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How should we manage the harm caused by tobacco product waste?

Friday, June 14th, 2019 | tedla55p | No Comments

Professor Janet Hoek and Emeritus Professor Philip Gendall

Annual consumption of cigarettes now exceeds five trillion, with around four trillion butts littered every year. These cigarette butts cause major environmental damage and impose significant clean-up costs on local authorities. Although tobacco companies have framed smokers as responsible for butt litter, recent debate has focused on the tobacco industry’s role in creating tobacco product waste (TPW) and its responsibility for managing this problem.  We recently examined public perceptions of TPW in New Zealand and allocation of responsibility for creating and managing it.

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