February
15
Thu

Lotto warned about using cultural appropriation to target gambler

The Lotteries Commission (Lotto) recently released an augmented reality (AR) app to coincide with Chinese New Year. The app links to an instant kiwi 'scratchie' which is purchased at retail outlets.

February
12
Mon

Otago University Conference Snapshot: ENDS & Smokefree 2025

This week, Adrian, Lineti, Felicia and Lizzie from the Tobacco team attended a seminar run by Otago University on ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) and how this relates to our goal for a smoke-free 2025.

February
11
Sun

Māori doctor to present link between childhood diseases of poverty and pokies at international gambling conference

Former New Zealander of the year Dr Lance O’Sullivan will present a key note speech at the International Gambling Conference next week, highlighting the relationship between gambling and the day to day work of a GP in a community affected by diseases of poverty.

February
8
Thu

Research finds emotional attachment to cigarettes to be a barrier in the switch to vaping

A New Zealand study has found that some people still find quitting smoking difficult, even when vaping is offered as a smoking cessation intervention. The Otago University study involved in-depth interviews with 20 vapers who still smoked traditional cigarettes regularly, in addition to vaping.

February
7
Wed

'Oh wow!' - Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford given flax wahakura kete for their child

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford looked happy and grateful after being gifted a flax sleeping basket for their child today at Waitangi.

Watch below.

January
31
Wed

Stopping smoking key reason for e-cigarette use

New research has been released which shows that vaping in New Zealand is a popular alternative for those wanting to quit smoking tobacco. A recent survey on vapers was conducted by Dr Penny Truman and colleagues at Massey University.

January
26
Fri

Tobacco companies resist excise tax increase and refuse to pass on increased costs

The excise tax on tobacco products increased on January 1 2018, but the increase hasn't been passed on to all retail products. New Zealand's largest Māori Public Health organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, is concerned that this will limit the effectiveness of the tax increase to reduce smoking rates, and that tobacco companies should be forced to increase the prices of their products by the total percentage of the tax increase and the consumer price index (CPI).

January
25
Thu

Study Snapshot: E-Cigarettes and Tobacco

We went out into the community to talk to members of our whānau at the Pacifica National League cup. It was a colourful few days and a great opportunity to better understand current thoughts and perceptions on vaping and tobacco! Here's a snapshot of what we found.

January
24
Wed

Addressing cheap alcohol needs to be on the table

Alcohol Healthwatch and Maori Public Health provider Hapai te Hauora strongly support the new Government’s commitment to addressing the growing needs and inequities surrounding mental health and addictions.

Anthony Hawke of Hapai te Hauora says, “The announcement of the Mental Health Inquiry is opportune as we mark the 5th birthday of our new liquor laws. The links between our growing problem with drinking and poor mental health need to be addressed. The Government was right to include addictions into the inquiry into mental health. In 2012 we had the chance to raise the price of alcohol and save lives. We didn't. Our communities paid the price. Now is the time for this to be remedied.”

January
23
Tue

Hāpai Te Hauora warns of risks of online gambling products supplied by the Lotteries Commission

Hāpai Te Hauora, has grave concerns for consumers of online gambling products recently launched by the Lotteries Commission. Hāpai work in problem gambling harm minimisation at a national and regional level, and they believe these products have immense potential for harm.