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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • New data shows cigarette sales have fallen much more sharply in the past two years

  • The number of cigarettes being sold in New Zealand looks to have fallen more sharply over the past two years or so, according to new stats released to 1 NEWS under the Official Information Act.

    The Health Promotion Agency has published statistics showing the number of cigarettes sold in millions over four-weekly periods. Those numbers are gathered from supermarket, service station and liquor store sales numbers by AC Nielsen.

  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
  • 2025 smokefree goals ‘a long way off’

  • Arnah Rewha, a full-time smoker is adamant she will switch to vaping if the Government addresses urgent knowledge gaps around the effects vaping products have on people in New Zealand. This comes as anti-smoking experts look for better outcomes for vapers.

    “The feeling of smoking, is a feeling or relief from stress,” says Rewha. [...]

    “I think they've recognised they're not going to hit the smokefree goals they've had for 2025. They are a long way off,” says David Sweanor, adjunct professor of law, University of Ottawa.

  • Monday, October 07, 2019
  • Anti-smoking experts highlight e-cigarette opportunities

  • Global anti-smoking experts highlight e-cigarette opportunities

    A new report from global anti-smoking experts is warning that the advantages of e-cigarettes should not be dismissed.


    The authors are cautioning the Government to not be heavy-handed with regulation of the products. Whilst the report highlights the importance of protecting youth, the authors recommend that this can be achieved whilst assisting smokers to quit smoking and transition to the much less harmful e-cigarette option. They underline that a range of flavours are important to the smokefree proposition of e-cigarettes.

  • Monday, October 07, 2019
  • Vaping a pathway to get people on track to reach Smokefree 2025 goals, professor says

  • David Sweanor talked to TVNZ1’s Breakfast as experts claim the country is not on track to reach its goal.

  • Wednesday, October 02, 2019
  • Q&A: Does NZ have a place for e-cigarettes?

  • Three University of Auckland researchers discuss the outcomes of new New Zealand trials on vaping amid a global backlash against e-cigarettes Discussion on the therapeutic benefits of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to smokers worldwide who want to quit the killer habit is being overtaken by concerns over potential harms. But while the debate over vaping is raging, we have shown in our research with more than a thousand New Zealanders who smoke cigarettes and want to quit, that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes when used alone or with nicotine patches can help.

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019
  • Vaping companies band together to fight Government restrictions

  • A collection of the biggest names in the vaping industry have set aside their competitive differences to fight a bigger foe: Government regulation.

    In a bid to offer a collective voice against proposed regulatory changes, a collection of vaping businesses recently banded together to form the Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ).

    The Herald understands that major Kiwi vape brands including Shosha, Alt, Vapourium, The Vape Shop and Vapo, among others have agreed to work together to ensure that excessively prohibitive legislation isn't passed in the local market.