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Legal Action Against Tobacco ‘Sticks’ — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on May 18th, 2017.

Tobacco sticks designed to be heated in an electronic device have run afoul of NZ law, with charges laid against their manufacturer. The Ministry of Health has charged tobacco giant Philip Morris with illegally importing and selling a new product that heats tobacco sticks in a battery-powered device rather than burning them. The device itself […]

Smoking continues to drop in NZ – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 16th, 2016.

Using information from the 2013 Census, researchers say that smoking is declining at an ever-increasing rate. A study, published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, compared smoking prevalence in 2013 with the previous census in 2006. In 2013, around on in seven New Zealand adults (15 years and older) reported they were regular smokers […]

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 […]

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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