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Article | The long-term supply of tobacco and nicotine: Some goals, principles and policy implications

In this article recently published in the international journal, Tobacco Control, University of Otago researchers argue that tobacco and nicotine products should not be treated as normal consumer products, because of their addictive and hazardous nature.

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Article | Beliefs among Adult Smokers and Quitters about Nicotine and De-nicotinized Cigarettes in the 2016-17 ITC New Zealand survey

A newly published paper from the NZ ITC project found high levels of support among smokers for removing the nicotine from cigarettes to make them less addictive, and strong interest in trying such products.

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Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke ropū launches tobacco research programme

On Thursday 22nd of August, the tobacco control sector and community members were welcomed onto Kōkiri Marae to celebrate the launch of Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke; a five-year research programme funded by the Health Research Council.

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News | New data on e-cigarette use among New Zealand adults

Around one in six New Zealand adults have tried e-cigarettes but only 2 per cent are using them currently, a national survey has found.

“This nationally representative survey of adult New Zealanders gives us a snapshot for how the use of e-cigarettes is developing,” Professor Richard Edwards explains.

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Editorial | Hardening is dead, long live softening; time to focus on reducing disparities in smoking

This editorial responds to a new study refuting the ‘hardening’ hypothesis - a hypothesis that states as smoking prevalence declines, the proportion of ‘hard-core’ smokers increases. Richard Edwards of ASPIRE 2025 argues that the evidence from many different countries points instead towards ‘softening’ of the smoker population as they smoke less cigarettes and become more motivated to quit.

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