tobacco

media release: Plain pack research should encourage more Smokefree 2025 mahi

Hāpai Te Hauora welcomes new research from Otago University which shows plain packaging has taken the appeal out of cigarette packets. The researchers says the study shows that making cigarette packaging standard in New Zealand in 2018 has hit the policy target, which was to make tobacco products less appealing and to make health warnings on cigarette packs more obvious.

Spotlight on: Sue Taylor

This month, we highlight Sue Taylor, the recipient of the Dame Tariana Turia award which she received at the Oceania Tobacco Control conference in Sydney, Australia. Sue was nominated for her decades of tireless work championing the health and wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi- particularly drawing attention to the equitable improvement of Māori and tikanga within the tobacco control sector

Media release: Vaping in Schools Highlights Need for Legislative Change

News reports that vaping is increasingly being used in schools in Auckland is cause for real concern, Hāpai Te Hauora’s CEO Selah Hart said.

"More than ever this highlights the need for the speedy introduction of legislation for vaping," she said, "to ensure that new niche groups don’t take up the practice."

Legislation would restrict the purchase age of buying to 18 years old as well as the point of sale of e-cigarettes and marketing of products to specific age groups.

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.

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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Vaping the way to beat tobacco tax increases and kick smoking

Wāhine Māori across Aotearoa are paving the way by encouraging other wāhine to switch to vaping following the annual tobacco excise tax increase on January 1st.

New Zealanders who smoke will take another hit when the tax on tobacco products increases by 10 per cent for the third year in a row today as part of the government's plan to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025. As tobacco products become increasingly unaffordable, wāhine are advocating for vaping to be more readily available and accepted as a quit tool.