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A message of hope for smokers

A few weeks ago, I wrote in Insights that public health policy works in mysterious ways.I stand by that statement.As a teaser for The New Zealand Initiative’s latest report Smoke and Vapour: the changing world of tobacco harm reduction, I wrote that there was some frustration that the Labour-led government had not yet expressed a position on e-cigarettes.I also noted that there are a range of other nicotine delivery products available overseas (snus and heat-not-burn) that should be made available... Read more

Jenesa Jeram
Insights Newsletter
18 May, 2018
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Smoke and Vapour: the changing world of tobacco harm reduction

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

Jenesa Jeram
11 May, 2018

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

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