New research has been released which shows that vaping in New Zealand is a popular alternative for those wanting to quit smoking tobacco. A recent survey on vapers was conducted by Dr Penny Truman and colleagues at Massey University.
The excise tax on tobacco products increased on January 1 2018, but the increase hasn't been passed on to all retail products. New Zealand's largest Māori Public Health organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, is concerned that this will limit the effectiveness of the tax increase to reduce smoking rates, and that tobacco companies should be forced to increase the prices of their products by the total percentage of the tax increase and the consumer price index (CPI).
Alcohol Healthwatch and Maori Public Health provider Hapai te Hauora strongly support the new Government’s commitment to addressing the growing needs and inequities surrounding mental health and addictions.
Anthony Hawke of Hapai te Hauora says, “The announcement of the Mental Health Inquiry is opportune as we mark the 5th birthday of our new liquor laws. The links between our growing problem with drinking and poor mental health need to be addressed. The Government was right to include addictions into the inquiry into mental health. In 2012 we had the chance to raise the price of alcohol and save lives. We didn't. Our communities paid the price. Now is the time for this to be remedied.”
Hāpai Te Hauora, has grave concerns for consumers of online gambling products recently launched by the Lotteries Commission. Hāpai work in problem gambling harm minimisation at a national and regional level, and they believe these products have immense potential for harm.
Hāpai welcomes the announcement and has formally invited the Prime Minister to receive a wahakura for her new baby.
Some major supermarkets across Aotearoa are now selling e-cigarettes. Meanwhile excise tax on tobacco products have increased by a further 10 percent this month.
A Waikato University study has found that sugary drinks in New Zealand contain proportionally more sugar than their overseas counterparts. Māori Public Health Organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, says that this highlights the need for the government to step up to protect communities.
Today the Government will increase excise tax on tobacco by 10%. This is in support of Smokefree 2025, and sits alongside other complementary measures such as smoking cessation programmes, regulation of e-cigarettes to enable their use as a harm-reduction tool and local government action in support of smokefree environments.
Hāpai Te Hauora a national public health organisation congratulates Rotorua based Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, for reconsidering their student drug testing policy.
Drug testing should not be a barrier for young people considering a career in the trade industry . Although Hāpai understands the need for drug testing for safety reasons, a compassionate approach is recommended , where any positive drug test results are followed up with offers of counselling and other appropriate supports to move students away from possible addiction, and into there chosen career pathway.
Hāpai Te Hauora slams the appalling behaviour of an Auckland bus driver this week who kicked a breastfeeding mother off his bus. "This is simply unacceptable," says Fay Selby-Law General Manager for the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service at Hāpai Te Hauora "we should be supporting our mums to breastfeed, not shaming and stigmatising them. I can’t believe a mum and her baby were left on the side of the road in this hot weather by a publicly funded transport company. This is a disgrace."