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Event | ASPIRE2025 Public Health Summer School courses

ASPIRE2025 have two courses on offer as part of the Public Health Summer School programme in 2021. (View flyer)

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Smokefree2025: Where to from here?

Aotearoa now has legislation that regulates the sale and marketing of vaping products, but these products continue to evolve rapidly. This course provides updates on several recent studies and explores questions and challenges that are likely to arise as regulations come into effect and product innovation continues?

Date: Tuesday 16 February 2021

Where: University of Otago campus, Newtown, Wellington.

Topics covered

  • ENDS use among NZ population groups
  • Patterns of switching between smoking and ENDS
  • Evolution of flavour use
  • Potential impact of on-pack messaging
  • ENDS uptake among non-smokers
  • Relapse from ENDS back to smoking
  • New and emerging questions – research, community and advocacy perspectives
  • Workshop
  • Panel discussion

To register click here


Hand in hand – tobacco, alcohol and policy measures

Smoking uptake often occurs alongside alcohol use; however, policy measures and research studies often view smoking and drinking as separate practices. This interactive course will explore associations between alcohol use and smoking uptake, and consider how policy responses could decouple this long-standing pairing.

Date: Wednesday 17 February 2021

Where: University of Otago campus, Newtown, Wellington.

Topics covered

  • Epidemiology of tobacco and alcohol use among different population groups;
  • Health risks posed by alcohol and tobacco co-use
  • What do NZ data tell us?
  • Implications for Māori and Pacific peoples?
  • Implications for youth
  • Marketing’s contribution to tobacco-alcohol co-use
  • Policy responses – what potential implications could comprehensive smokefree bar policies have?
  • Policy responses – what potential implications could increasing the drinking age have on smoking uptake?
  • Reflections from an alcohol researcher and advocate
  • Panel discussion/ workshop

To register click here


Note earlybird pricing applies until 22 December 2020, so register now for a 25% discount.

These courses are aimed at people working in tobacco and alcohol advocacy, policy and research, people interested in population health, and people who engage with priority groups, including Māori, Pacific, and young people. These will also be of value to people interested in action!


For more information, please contact the course convenor: Professor Janet Hoek

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