A new Ministry of Health report was released today which identified insights generated from initiatives which empowered young Māori women to become smoke free, including building trusting relationships, dismantling complex life contexts and building financial capability
Waikuku Beach General Store is paving the way in becoming the first dairy in the South Island to go smoke-free. Store owner, Cathy Farrell, explained that staff, customer and community safety compelled her to remove tobacco products from their shelves.
The increasing rate of cash and cigarette related theft has inspired a New Zealand vaping business to offer free product consignment for dairy owners considering replacing their tobacco stocks. It is estimated that more than 1,200 aggravated robberies are committed against dairy businesses each year.
A recent study has found that exposure to smoking in the home has become more strongly associated with when adolescents start smoking.
The University of Auckland National Institute for Health Innovation have started recruitment for two new Auckland-based smoking cessation trials, led by Professor Chris Bullen and Associate Professor Natalie Walker. The University of Auckland are also currently running an e-cigarette trial, for which they seek to enrol participants across NZ.
One of the criticisms around tobacco tax is the possibility for disproportionate stress that these taxes can have on low income families. There is evidence to suggest that many low income families will continue to purchase tobacco and will compensate by cutting back on essentials such as bread, milk or electricity.
Smokefree 2025 is the Governments goal to make New Zealand essentially smokefree by 2025. By 2018 the daily smoking will need to fall to 10% and Māori and Pacific adult daily smoking rates to have fallen to 19% and 11% respectively. This means, by 2018 we are aiming for an estimated 58,000 smokers to have quit daily smoking, 27,000 will be Māori and 8,000 Pacific.
The release of the Deloitte Top 200 last week highlighted the tenacity of multinational tobacco company British American Tobacco Holdings in the face of the significant decline in smoking rates in Aotearoa since the introduction of Smokefree 2025.
Today marks an exciting development in Māori public health advocacy as Hāpai Te Hauora signs a memorandum of understanding with tobacco control research groups ASPIRE2025 and BODE3 from the University of Otago. This relationship will draw on the complementary strengths of each group to inform and progress tobacco control in Aotearoa toward the goal of Smokefree 2025.
Hāpai Te Hauora the voice of Tobacco Control Advocacy encourages people to look closely at the recent New Zealand Health survey results to gain a full picture of the health of New Zealanders.