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Could vaping be a new weapon to battle obesity? – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 26th, 2016.

Electronic cigarettes with flavoured liquids could help with weight control, according to a commentary co-authored by New Zealand researchers. The commentary, published today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, examined current scientific knowledge of the effect of vaping on weight control. The researchers – including two Massey University academics – said that while research was needed […]

Do e-cigs help smokers quit? – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 14th, 2016.

Two new reports suggest using e-cigarettes help people quit smoking, including a Cochrane Collaboration review that included a New Zealand study. A study published in the British Medical Journal this morning suggests the growth in the use of e-cigarettes in England has been associated with a higher rate of successful attempts to quit smoking. A […]

HRC grants to explore health frontiers – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 12th, 2016.

Could fish eyes help solve a donor cornea shortage? Can we objectively tell how much sugar some one has been eating? Do e-cigarettes really help you quit smoking? The New Zealand Health Research (HRC) council is helping Kiwi researchers find answers to these questions through their latest HRC Emerging Researcher First Grants and HRC Feasibility […]

What’s in that e-cigarette? – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 27th, 2015.

Electronic cigarettes sold in New Zealand are stronger than they used to be, but still contain far less harmful toxicants than regular cigarettes, according to a new analysis of leading brands. The study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, also found discrepancies between labelled and actual nicotine content, prompting a call for better monitoring […]

E-cigarette research stimulates debate

John Kerr posted in on March 27th, 2015.

New research on the nicotine and chemical content of electronic cigarette ‘smoke’ has heated up debate on regulations. Electronic cigarettes sold in New Zealand are stronger than they used to be, but contain far less harmful toxicants than regular cigarettes, according to a new analysis of leading brands published in the New Zealand Medical Journal. […]

Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on January 22nd, 2015.

A new analysis of e-cigarettes has detected formaldehyde-containing compounds in the vapour the devices produce, raising questions about their potential health effects. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, analysed the aerosol drawn from a typical e-cigarette at different temperatures and found that at the highest temperatures formaldehyde was detected at levels several times […]

NZ research lights up e-cigarettes as quitting aid

Laura Goodall posted in on December 18th, 2014.

Scientists from the University of Auckland have just completed a study indicating that e-cigarettes may help smokers kick the habit. Their research, published in the Cochrane Library this week, combined and analysed data from previous studies looking at the effects of e-cigarettes on rates of quitting or reducing the number of cigarettes smoked. They found that about […]

WHO report criticises e-cigarettes – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on August 27th, 2014.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report looking at electronic cigarettes and how they should be globally regulated. The report recommended restrictions should be placed on the marketing of the devices, their sale to minors and indoor use. In addition, it points out that there is evidence showing that e-cigarette aerosol is not merely “water […]

E-cigarettes and quitting smoking – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on May 23rd, 2014.

People attempting to quit smoking without professional help are approximately 60% more likely to report succeeding if they use electronic cigarettes than if they use willpower alone or over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum, according to new UK research. The study, published in Addiction, surveyed almost 6,000 smokers between 2009 and 2014 […]

E-cigarettes comparable to patches – NZ research

John Kerr posted in on September 9th, 2013.

Electronic cigarettes are as effective as nicotine patches in aiding smokers to give up tobacco, according to new research. However the researchers behind the study note that e-cigarettes might be a more desirable option for quitters. The first ever trial to compare e-cigarettes with nicotine patches has found that both methods result in comparable success […]

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