Ministry of Health ramps up vaping support by launching "Vaping Facts" website

Associate Minister Jenny Salesa today announced that the New Zealand-specific "Vaping Facts" website is now live. Wairehu or vaping products are being touted as one avenue to helping Aotearoa reach its ambitious target of being smokefree by 2025. The intention of the site is to offer key facts about wairehu, information on wairehu versus smoking and contextualise wairehu as a tool to quit smoking.

Hāpai Te Hauora cautions the health sector about silencing Māori voices in the fight to reduce tobacco harm

Hāpai te Hauora supports wairehu as a tool to stop smoking. Hāpai National Manager for Tobacco Control, Mihi Blair, was a member of the “Vaping Facts” website advisory board and says  “Those who quit cigarettes have diverse experiences and needs. We need to be supporting whānau by providing access to the most effective options available”.
 

Spotlight on: Aramoana du Feu 

Aramoana is a passionate smokefree advocate. She recently shared her life journey in becoming smokefree to members of parliament at the Beehive last month. Her mantra is RESEARCH your info, to INFORM yourself, to EDUCATE others, and ADVOCATE truthfully. This perspective is one she shares on the internet on her Youtube show, ‘The Ohm Kiwis’, which has helped to support whānau make informed choices on vaping to quit tobacco. 

Spotlight on: Aramoana du Feu 

Aramoana is a passionate smokefree advocate. She recently shared her life journey in becoming smokefree to members of parliament at the Beehive last month. Her mantra is RESEARCH your info, to INFORM yourself, to EDUCATE others, and ADVOCATE truthfully. This perspective is one she shares on the internet on her Youtube show, ‘The Ohm Kiwis’, which has helped to support whānau make informed choices on vaping to quit tobacco. 
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Youth smoking in New Zealand continues to fall as ASH survey of 30,000 students also shows less than 2% use an e-cigarette or vape daily

Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa released new data showing that daily smoking among students (aged 14-15) has dropped below 2% for the first time. Only 1.9% of students reported daily smoking.

Since 2015, the survey has also asked about youth vaping. The latest results found that only 1.8% of students use e-cigarettes or vape daily. A slight decrease from 1.9% in 2017. Less than 0.5% of students who had never smoked vape daily.

NZ Herald - 'Kiwi smokers urged to make New Year's switch to vaping for health and to avoid tax hike'

Smokers are being encouraged to switch to vaping when the Government's grip on their wallets tightens with a tobacco tax hike tomorrow.

The excise tax increases by 10 per cent tomorrow are part of a series of annual rises, the last of which, on the current plan, will be on January 1, 2020.

Quitline is expecting an influx of calls and text messages for support to give up smoking as the new year begins tomorrow. Early January is its busiest time. It says many people commit to quitting as a New Year resolution and it is a time when many people focus on the cost of the habit.

"We have the evidence, stop creating more barriers": New study shows vaping twice as effective as nicotine replacement therapy

A new study on vaping supports community voices in showing that vaping is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

In a randomised control trial (RCT) by Professor Hayden McRobbie and colleagues, almost 900 people seeking to quit tobacco received either NRT or a vape, coupled with behavioural support. Results 12 months later indicated that those who vaped were almost twice as likely (18.0%) to remain smokefree as those who used NRT (9.9%). Results also show the importance of behavioural support to quit.