World-first NIHI study published in NEJM

The results of a world-first study conducted by NIHI that show a natural compound, cytisine, is more effective than more expensive nicotine replacement therapy at helping smokers quit, have been published in one of the most prestigious international medical journals – the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

More evidence electronic cigarettes help smokers quit


An international research review has concluded there is more evidence smokers using electronic cigarettes can stop or reduce their smoking.

The National Institute for Health Innovation

The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) is a leading New Zealand research institute with a focus on prevention and management of common serious diseases and effective healthcare. We provide independent scientific evidence that supports individuals, communities, clinicians, and policy makers to 'get it right'.

With research programmes on addictions, nutrition, physical activity, heart health and health technology, NIHI undertakes research on effective delivery of healthcare, technologies to support care delivery and the prevention and management of chronic disease.

At NIHI we measure our success by our contribution to improving people's health in New Zealand and around the globe.

Published Research

Effect of a Family-Centered, Secondhand Smoke Intervention to Reduce Respiratory Illness in Indigenous Infants in Australia and New Zealand: A Randomized Controlled Trial

A randomised controlled trial of a family-based, second-hand smoke intervention has found that simply having smoke-free homes and cars is not sufficient to protect children from exposure to second-hand smoke nor reduce the occurrence of acute respiratory illness in indigenous infants in Australia and New Zealand.

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Nutritional quality, labelling and promotion of breakfast cereals on the New Zealand market

Breakfast cereals substantially contribute to daily energy and nutrient intakes among children. In New Zealand, new regulations are currently being phased to restrict nutrition and health claims to products that meet certain 'healthy' criteria. This study investigated the difference in nutritional quality, labelling and promotion between 'healthy' and 'less healthy' breakfast cereals, and between breakfast cereals intended for children compared with other breakfast cereals on the New Zealand market.

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Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: a randomised controlled trial

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) can deliver nicotine and mitigate tobacco withdrawal and are used by many smokers to assist quit attempts. We investigated whether e-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine patches at helping smokers to quit.

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