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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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Seminar | “The Lesser Evil” : Communicating about comparative risks of electronic and combusted cigarettes

Dr Lucy Popova's talk will present the results of qualitative studies and randomized controlled experiments on messages communicating comparative risk of electronic and combusted cigarettes and discuss promising strategies.

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Letter | Smokefree signage at railway stations: a survey of 54 stations in 11 local government areas

There is ongoing good progress with smokefree areas in NZ – but still some substantial scope for improving things at railway stations as per this letter published in the NZ Medical Journal

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