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News | Fourth annual ASPIRE-NIHI Research Symposium

On November 19, ASPIRE 2025 and the National Institute of Health Innovation (NIHI) partnered to co-host the fourth annual ASPIRE-NIHI Research Symposium, delivered online.  Co-organiser Professor Janet Hoek said that, while this year had presented researchers with many challenges there were successes as well. ASPIRE and NIHI wanted to create an opportunity for early- and mid- career researchers to present their work and gain feedback.

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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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Hot topic | New Vaping Legislation Important, but Evaluation Will be Crucial

New legislation governing the sale and availability of vaping products will help ensure people who smoke but who wish to switch to a less harmful option can access these products. Importantly, it will also protect non-users by reducing experimentation among young people, say smokefree experts from the University of Otago.

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