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

Monday, August 22nd, 2016 | Kate Sloane | 1 Comment

Professor Richard Edwards

old smoking fingersThe 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.

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