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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 […]

Plain packaging regulations revealed – In the news

John Kerr posted in on May 31st, 2016.

Draft regulations for introducing plain packaging for cigarettes have been revealed by the Government. Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today released the draft regulations and a consultation document outlining how a law requiring plain packaging would be implemented. Plain packaging policies aim to reduce the appeal of cigarettes by requiring standardised packaging that removes […]

Plain packaging accepted over time – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on November 13th, 2014.

While some smokers may oppose plain packaging on cigarettes, many come to accept and even support such initiatives after they are implemented, says new Australian research. Plain packaging on tobacco products is still being debated here in New Zealand, but in Australia the plain packaging legislation was introduced in 2012. Now a new study published in Tobacco Control has […]

New plain packaging research – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 4th, 2012.

As New Zealand deliberates over the introduction of ‘plain packaging’ for cigarettes, a new study confirms that such measures reduce the appeal of tobacco products. Scientists from Canada, the US, and Brazil have conducted a study of 640 young Brazilian women to determine if cigarettes had the same appeal when presented in plain packaging. The […]

Smoking in films R18?

John Kerr posted in on September 21st, 2011.

British public health experts have made a call for films depicting smoking to be classified as R18, but a New Zealand academic thinks such an action may not be the solution. In an editorial in the medical journal Thorax, public health researchers suggest that placing age restrictions on films depicting smoking may be a way […]

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New research shows significant international support for smoke-free cars

Amanda Johnson posted in on December 5th, 2008.

Newly published research conducted at the University of Otago by Dr George Thomson and Dr Nick Wilson has reviewed attitudes to smoke-free private car laws. The authors identified 15 studies from 1988 set in North America, the UK and Australasia. The results showed there is majority public support for laws requiring cars that contain children […]

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