New Zealand's Smokefree 2025 goal is looking increasingly unachievable, as the Ministry of Health's annual Health and Independence Report highlights smoking rates among Māori are decreasing at a far slower rate than projected.
From today, it is illegal for tobacco companies in New Zealand to sell cigarettes in branded packaging but the implementation has had a mixed response.
Hāpai is steadfast in its support for harm-reduction technologies such as vaping devices and e-liquid that are currently helping many people who smoke tobacco to stop smoking safely and successfully.
The Ministry of Health are making moves to regulate vapes, e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. This is supported by Hāpai Te Hauora who hopes that the Ministry do their best to provide effective and sustainable regulation.
The increasing rate of cash and cigarette related theft has inspired a New Zealand vaping business to offer free product consignment for dairy owners considering replacing their tobacco stocks. It is estimated that more than 1,200 aggravated robberies are committed against dairy businesses each year.
A new study has suggested that threats of lawsuits given by the tobacco industry contributed to the stall in New Zealand’s plain packaging legislation by at least three years.
In March, the government introduced plain packaging as part of a comprehensive tobacco control programme. This means tobacco companies are no longer be able to sell cigarettes in branded packaging; instead they are sold in generic olive brown packets retaining the enlarged graphic health warnings which are already prominent on the current branded packets. Justinn Cochran has spent the last four years researching the effects of tobacco packaging. We talk to her about her work, the psychological impact of tobacco imagery and how this can contribute to the country’s smokefree 2025 goal.
A recent study has found that exposure to smoking in the home has become more strongly associated with when adolescents start smoking.
This week the Ministry of Health is taking tobacco giant Philip Morris to court. The Ministry of Health has laid charges against the New Zealand subsidiary of the multinational tobacco company relating to the importation and selling of its tobacco sticks known as HEETS.
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.