Can nicotine reduction help New Zealand become smoke-free?

A symposium hosted by Tobacco Control Research Tūranga and supported by the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) explored whether cutting nicotine levels in cigarettes could help lower smoking rates.

Inaugural professorial lecture by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu“Changing our food environment” was the focus of an inspiring inaugural professorial lecture by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu who leads the nutrition research  programme at the National Institute for Health Innovation in 21st August at the School of Population Health.

 “The food environment is a powerful influence on what we eat and our consequent nutritional health”, says Professor Ni Mhurchu.

 “Our current environment is dominated by energy-dense, nutrient-poor processed foods that are widely available, relatively  inexpensive and heavily promoted,” she says.

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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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