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Smoking on NZ television – In the news

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2016.

New research highlighting the prevalence of smoking on New Zealand television has been widely covered by the media. Researchers from the University of Otago monitored depictions of tobacco across a week’s worth of free-to-air, prime-time New Zealand television. Comparing the results with a similar study from 2004, the researchers found that there had been little […]

Smoking on NZ television – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2016.

It might be time to consider an ‘R’ rating for TV shows that depict smoking, say the authors of research showing there has been little change in smoking on our screens over the past decade A new study reports the total number of scenes featuring tobacco on prime-time, free-to-air NZ television across one week and […]

HRC funding for the health of New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on June 4th, 2015.

Female infertility, better housing and kicking the smoking habit are just some of the health issues to be tackled by new projects supported by the Health Research Council. This week the Health Research Council (HRC) announced the recipients for its latest funding round, awarding grants to dozens of projects to be undertaken in universities, research institutes and […]

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. […]

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 […]

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