Tobacco policy in New Zealand has traditionally neglected the needs of smokers. The good news is that youth uptake of smoking has significantly declined. The bad news is that the current approach is not as effective in helping smokers become ex-smokers. If the government wants to achieve its ‘Smokefree by 2025’ aspiration (reduce smoker prevalence to 5% of the population), more support will be needed to help smokers quit.Nicotine without smokeVaping – the action of inhaling and exhaling e-cigarette vapour... Read more
Our work on social policies includes a three-part series on poverty, inequality and welfare. Here we investigate the states of poverty and inequality in New Zealand, and clear up some common myths and misperceptions surrounding these issues. Our report on welfare (to be released 2017) will include our policy recommendations.
We have also looked into areas where the issues of public health and personal freedoms intersect, such as the liberalisation of New Zealand’s organ donation regime, and lifestyle regulations.
These are all areas that significantly affect peoples’ lives and choices, and New Zealanders expect any social policies to be based upon sound evidence.
Our research into social policy has focused on issues from new innovations in welfare reform – social impact bonds – to measures of poverty, and whether or not taxes to curb lifestyle choices should have a place in a liberal society.