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

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

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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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The race to be the first place in Aotearoa to be smokefree

Thursday, December 17th, 2015 | Kate Sloane | 4 Comments

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Associate Professor George Thomson, Professor Richard Edwards

There is growing frustration with lack of robust action and progress at the national level with the Smokefree 2025 goal. However, it is not all bad news. A major avenue of hope for a smokefree Aotearoa comes from the enthusiastic efforts by local coalitions of local government, NGOs and iwi. Here we detail some of the progress since 2013 in eight city and district council areas. Highlights include significant downtown smokefree areas in Whanganui, Palmerston North and Whangarei, an innovative smokefree pavement dining bylaw in Palmerston North, smokefree pavements in front of Horowhenua early childhood centres and schools, and smokefree bus stops in a number of places. The race to become the first place to be smokefree in Aotearoa is on!

Ngati Kahungunu: A leader in smokefree/tobacco free events

Ngati Kahungunu: A leader in smokefree/tobacco free events

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Potential new regulatory options for e-cigarettes/ANDS in NZ

Monday, May 25th, 2015 | Kate Sloane | 24 Comments

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By a group of nine academic tobacco/nicotine researchers*

Smoking e-cigE-cigarette usage is growing in NZ and around the world but the scientific evidence-base regarding the benefits and risks of these types of products remains uncertain. The health-based policy experience is also minimal. In this blog post we outline some of the possible regulatory options around e-cigarettes (alternative nicotine delivery systems – ANDS) that the NZ Government could explore and that further NZ based research could help clarify.

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The Smokefree 2025 goal is in danger of receding – will the Ministry of Health’s ‘realignment’ get it back on track?

Monday, May 18th, 2015 | Kate Sloane | No Comments

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Professors Richard Edwards, Chris Cunningham, and Janet Hoek; Associate Professors George Thomson and Nick Wilson

Smokefree2025The 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 goal is realised? In this blog, based on a recently published letter in the New Zealand Medical Journal (1) we suggest it may help. However, we argue more fundamental change is required and outline how the Government could do more and the priority actions that could catalyse achievement of this world-leading goal.

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Highlights of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health

Friday, April 17th, 2015 | Kate Sloane | 1 Comment

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Professor Richard Edwards, Professor Robert Beaglehole and Stephanie Erick

Tariana TuriaThe 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCToH) has just been held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In this blog post we describe some of the main themes and some thoughts about how these might relate to Smokefree 2025 in New Zealand. In summary, New Zealand can still learn a lot from other countries as we move to the adoption of a full range of state-of-the-art tobacco control policies.

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