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  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Use of e-cigarettes and smoked tobacco in youth aged 14–15 years in New Zealand: findings from repeated cross-sectional studies (2014–19)

  • Media reports of a vaping epidemic among youth have raised concerns about the creation of a new generation of nicotine-dependent individuals who could graduate to cigarette smoking. We investigated the use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes in the youth of New Zealand from 2014 to 2019, with focus on daily use of these products as an indicator of potential dependence. We analysed data from the Action for Smokefree 2025 Year-10 survey, an annual cross-sectional survey of tobacco use undertaken by almost half of all school students aged 14–15 years (21 504–31 021 students). [...]

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • What’s the deal with Snus – the smokeless nicotine in a pouch?

  • Basically, the major selling point for snus is that it’s a way of getting a nicotine hit, without also having to actually take smoke into your lungs. That can mean a significant amount of harm reduction, as much of the damage of smoking comes from inhaling the smoke itself. It also makes nicotine consumption possible any time, anywhere. In theory, vaping inside workplaces isn’t banned like smoking is, but in practice many organisations and venues don’t allow it.

  • Thursday, January 09, 2020
  • Push-back on idea of restricting tobacco sales to pharmacies or liquor stores

  • Limiting sales of tobacco to pharmacies, petrol stations or liquor stores could help more Kiwis quit smoking, a new study shows. 

    The study, led by Dr Louise Marsh from the University of Otago, found limiting sales to petrol stations, liquor stores or pharmacies would "considerably reduce" the availability of tobacco. 

    But limiting sales of cigarettes to just one type of store would face push back. 

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • Researchers: Remove profit motive from tobacco to deal with mass addiction

  • Governments worldwide need to create non-profit supply systems for tobacco and nicotine products because of their potential to cause significant and avoidable harm, researchers from the University of Otago say. [...] the researchers argue that tobacco and nicotine products should not be treated as normal consumer products, because of their addictive and hazardous nature.

    Lead author Associate Professor George Thomson from the University of Otago, Wellington, says that while nicotine products, such as those used in vaping, are less harmful than tobacco, both are addictive.

  • Monday, December 16, 2019
  • NZ launches world-first recycling initiative for vapes

  • New Zealand now has the world’s only free nicotine vaping products recycling programme. A new world-first partnership between leading vape company Vapo and Alt New Zealand, and innovative recycling giant TerraCycle, means that Vapo and Alt brands of e-cigarette waste can be dropped off at any Vapo store for recycling. [...] TerraCycle will then disassemble and separate Alt and Vapo Haiz vaping devices into their different metal/electrical components, batteries and plastics. [...] This process will potentially save millions of pods, e-waste and batteries from ending up in New Zealand’s environment.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Smoking and vaping ban for Queenstown, Wanaka beaches this summer

  • Holidaymakers to some of Otago's most popular beaches this summer will be asked to stub out their cigarettes and stop vaping.

    A three-month smoke-free trial starts next week at the main beaches of Queenstown, Frankton, Wanaka and Glenorchy.

    The Queenstown Lakes District Council decided to set aside $5000 for "ambassadors" to "educate" those flouting the ban as well as signage. "Should a smoker invoke their right to continue to smoke they can do so with no further implication," council corporate services manager Meaghan Miller said.