In Aotearoa the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill was introduced in June 2022 and had it's first reading in July 2022.
The Bill proposes to significantly limit the number of retailers able to sell smoked tobacco products; aims to prevent young people from taking up smoking by prohibiting the sale of smoked tobacco products to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009; and aims to make smoked tobacco products less appealing and addictive.
NIHI is excited to be collaborating with University of Auckland and colleagues at Wake Forest University in the United States to roll out the CENIC-NZ study. The CENIC-NZ study will be able to measure the attitudes, concerns and likely behaviours of people who smoke in NZ towards the legislation. We then hope to follow up with cohort study to measure if the strategy is having the desired effect on smoking, quitting behaviour and health outcomes.
Stay tuned for recruitment and study updates soon!