The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ could be putting the Smokefree 2025 goal at risk through their scare-mongering tactics and attempts to influence the new Government to turn their backs on a sensible, harm reduction approach to smoking cessation. Hāpai Te Hauora has supported the Ministry of Health and previous ministers’ compassionate and progressive stance on e-cigarettes which championed a realistic and pragmatic pathway for people to become smoke free.
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.
Today the Government announced changes which will improve the quality of E-cigarettes available in New Zealand and increase access to these successful smoking cessation products.
Hāpai Te Hauora strongly support MP Marama Fox and the Māori Party calls for subsidising vape devices as an alternative to cancer and ill health causing cigarettes. “We see this (vaping) as a viable treatment option that should be considered to stop tobacco related illness. The fact is that vaping devices like electronic-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoked cigarettes.
On 30th August 2016 Hāpai and the Cancer Society hosted a live discussion on the Ministry of Health E-Cigarettes Consultation Document.
Our General Manager of National Tobacco Control Advocacy - Zoe Hawke spoke to Radio Waatea in regards to claims by a tobacco giant that it is developing a lower risk alternative to conventional cigarettes
On Tuesday 30th August 2016 Hāpai and the Cancer Society hosted a live panel discussion on the MoH E-Cigarettes Consultation document.
Hāpai Te Hauora as the National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service have always prioritised listening to what consumers using e-cigarettes to quit smoking are saying, and now they are thrilled that the Associate Minister of Health Peseta Sam Lotu-liga seems to be taking their views into consideration too.