Hāpai Te Hauora is calling for sensibility and improved focus on smoked tobacco cigarettes given its devastating history and continued harm on Māori health.
Hāpai Te Hauora's answer to this question is ‘to remove the supply of tobacco from convenience stores nationwide’. This may seem like an unrealistic goal in today’s context but we believe it is achievable. It will simply take some brave decisions by government and our communities.
New Zealand's Smokefree 2025 goal is looking increasingly unachievable, as the Ministry of Health's annual Health and Independence Report highlights smoking rates among Māori are decreasing at a far slower rate than projected.
Maria Lafaele is currently a Project Manager with Funding and Planning, Auckland and Waitemate DHBs. She has been in her role for almost four years. Previously Maria was a Smokefree Practitioner, Pacific Stop Smoking Services, Auckland Regional Public Health, Auckland DHB.
Recently we have been referred questions concerning the use and safety of bumper pads in wahakura (flax woven bassinets). Hāpai Te Hauora holds the National Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants (SUDI) Prevention Coordination contract; the best evidence available to Hāpai tells us that wahakura are safest without bumper pads.
Kokiri Marae Health and Social Services launches their Moe Ora mō ngā pēpi -SUDI Prevention Programme this week, funded by the Hutt Valley District Health Board (DHB).
Hāpai is steadfast in its support for harm-reduction technologies such as vaping devices and e-liquid that are currently helping many people who smoke tobacco to stop smoking safely and successfully.
From today, it is illegal for tobacco companies in New Zealand to sell cigarettes in branded packaging but the implementation has had a mixed response.