The Vaping Bill passed its second reading around 11pm last night moving with urgency under extended hours in the remaining three sitting days before Parliament adjourns for the general election. Only two days earlier Hāpai Te Hauora and a number of Smokefree champions led the call for stronger legislation in the bill to support whānau who want to quit smoking and choose to do that by vaping.
Hāpai Te Hauora has engaged with communities most affected by smoking and asked the question: What does Smokefree mean to you? Between the 1st of May and the 31st of May - World Smokefree Day - Hāpai received a range of answers from families and workplaces that were willing to make and share short 20-60 second videos about the meaning of Smokefree.
Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable deaths in New Zealand and remains an underlying health issue for Māori. Today marks World Smokefree Day, with 490,000 New Zealands still smoking daily the question is in 2025 will the country become smokefree.
This year, a team from Hāpai Te Hauora were accepted to present at the Cook Island Health Conference, where the theme was Smokefree 2025. Abstracts that were accepted included; Pacific and Indigenous Advocacy for Smokefree Policy Change, Smokefree Auckland 2025 research project, Stop the Stock and Fizz Free Whānau.
Hāpai te Hauora is calling for TV show, The Project, to seek expert advice on vaping before developing unhelpful media content.
Hāpai Te Hauora agree with calls to reprioritise tobacco tax funds made in the recently released 'Future of Tax' interim report from the Tax Working Group.
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.