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Posts from the ‘Findings and Views’ Category

Article | Bar Atmospherics and Smoking: A Qualitative Analysis of New Zealand Young Adult Smokers

ASPIRE researchers have published a new paper exploring how outdoor bar settings facilitate and normalise smoking among young adults. Read more

News | Otago Medical School Award for Best Research Paper

The ASPIRE 2025 Co-Directors congratulate Mei-Ling Blank, a Research Fellow in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, who last week received the Otago Medical School Award for “Best Research Paper”. Mei-Ling’s paper, entitled: Roll-your-own smokers’ reactions to cessation-efficacy messaging integrated into tobacco packaging design: A sequential mixed-methods study, was published in Tobacco Control.

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News | Prestigious Marsden Funding to ASPIRE Researchers

The ASPIRE Centre is delighted to congratulate Drs Jude Ball and Lindsay Robertson, both of whom have received a prestigious Royal Society Marsden Fast Start grant in the 2020 funding round.

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Letter | Why some people who smoke don’t persist with using e-cigarettes – new findings from ITC NZ study

This letter discusses new data from the ITC NZ study exploring reasons for the discontinuation of use of e-cigarettes (ECs) among people who had tried ECs in the last year but were not currently using them.

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Op-ed | Cigarette firms must deal with their own mess

We call on tobacco companies to be held responsible for the costs of tobacco product waste and suggest cellulose acetate filters, which take many years to break down and provide no reduction in the health risks smokers face, should no longer be allowed to be used as cigarette filters.

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