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Media release: Smokers deserve better options to help them quit

Wellington (10 May 2018): Youth uptake of smoking is declining, but more support is needed to help current smokers quit.A new report Smoke and Vapour: the changing world of tobacco harm reduction released by think tank The New Zealand Initiative describes the way e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery products can contribute to tobacco harm reduction. This week the Ministry of Health publicly confirmed that these products can be lawfully imported, sold and distributed in New Zealand.The report, by Research Fellow... Read more

Media release
11 May, 2018
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A Nicotine League to combat smoking

In the late 70s, an American public health council teamed up with DC Comics to create the villain Nick O’Teen. Nick O’Teen was an enemy of Superman. He had bad breath, was a ‘hijacker of health’ and a ‘foe of the fit.’ If you were a kid growing up at the time, the message was clear: smoking is not cool. Nicotine is evil. Fast-forward to today, and the message that smoking is dangerous has certainly sunk in with most young... Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
27 April, 2018

Why a sugar tax won't reduce obesity

37 Documents released under the OIA reveal a Ministry of Health deeply skeptical about sugar taxes. The internal advice within the Ministry highlighted the same problems with sugar taxes as we mentioned in our 2016 report The Health of the State. Eric Crampton explains on Newstalk ZB why a sugar tax won't reduce obesity in New Zealand. Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Mike Hosking Breakfast - Newstalk ZB
2 March, 2018

Media release: Ministry of Health: “No evidence that sugar taxes reduce obesity or obesity-related illness.”

Wellington (1 March 2018): Documents released under the Official Information Act reveal a Ministry of Health deeply sceptical about sugar taxes. In October 2017, the Initiative requested all advice provided by the Ministry to then Minister Jonathan Coleman regarding sugar taxes, as well as internal briefing documents and correspondence. The documents released to the Initiative this week show that the Ministry’s advice to Minister Coleman was that there is “insufficient evidence that a sugar tax would be effective in reducing... Read more

Media release
1 March, 2018

Diary of a public health expert

Week 1- After years of campaigning, I knew it was only a matter of time before our government ramped up its efforts tackling child obesity. Like my counterparts in Chile, I will be offering the government my technical expertise to crack down on junk food advertising to children. My Chilean colleagues have already told me what to expect. Their weekly meetings grapple with very complex matters, deciding what counts as advertising to children. Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
16 February, 2018

Media release: Sugar taxes unlikely to improve health

Wellington (2 February 2018): A review of sugar taxes commissioned from NZIER by the Ministry of Health, released this week under the Official Information Act, finds that sugar taxes are unlikely to improve health outcomes. The report finds that: Read more

Media release
2 February, 2018

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