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Marama Fox, co-leader of the Maori Party, would like to see taxpayer funding redirected to more effective methods of smoking cessation.
Prime Minister Bill English has said that he is open to the idea.
Marama sees this as a way of achieving the government's 'Smokefree 2025' goal. We think that vapers in New Zealand would benefit from this and this is in line what is already in place in the United Kingdom which has seen a dramatic drop in smokers since vaping has become commonplace.
"What we'd also like to do is subsidise vaping," Ms Fox commented when discussing quit-smoking initiatives.
Ms Fox said the party would like to see New Zealanders move away from combustible cigarettes and explore harm-reduced products such as vaping "so that at least it doesn't cause cancer and other smoking-related illness".
Bill English confirmed "there's an ongoing discussion about that".
Mr English agreed that "there seems to be some evidence that it might help smokers, certainly with smoking rates we've probably used a lot of the traditional tools as far as you can, and that's been quite successful.
"But there's still a hard core of longer-term smokers and we'd be open minded about anything that looks like it might be a bit of a solution."
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Vapers are rejoicing after the NZ Government has agreed that nicotine e-liquid should be legally available for purchase in New Zealand.
The Ministry of Health states that there is "emerging evidence that e‑cigarette use may substantially reduce the burden of disease caused by smoking".
A consultation document has been released for the public to consider how selling e-cigarettes containing nicotine should be legalised - this can be found here.
The Government views e-cigarettes and vaping as a great tool to be used by smokers to aid in quitting.
We are excited to be putting together our own submission to the Government and will be working tirelessly over the next few weeks to ensure availability of nicotine e-liquid in the market in a safe manner with an emphasis on a quality product for our customers.
More information on this can be found here.
New guidelines drawn up by Public Health England are urging employers to provide staff with more convenient vaping solutions in the work place in the hope that it will encourage them to give up traditional cigarettes.
Among the guidelines are the use of vaping areas away from smokers considering second hand smoke appears to be more harmful than second hand vapour and being away from smokers may help vapers quit smoking.
Also, because vaping leads to a relatively lower level of nicotine in the blood stream when compared to cigarette smoking the PHE have recommended that vapers should be given more regular breaks for vaping.
Should New Zealand vapers be granted similar treatment? We think so!
Read more on this here.
New Zealand's Otago University has concluded that the vaping poses far less health risks to user compared to smokers of tobacco.
The report has been published on the university's Public Health Expert blog website. The article studied biological markers in vapers/electronic cigarette users compared with those of tobacco smokers.
E-cigarettes (or vaporisers) are battery-powered devices that vaporise liquid nicotine (e-liquid) and are widely available in New Zealand. Experts consider them a useful way to quit or reduce smoking.
Sales of nicotine liquid are permitted in the UK, where Public Health England said last year that the best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95 per cent less harmful than smoking. Vaping devices are in fact subsidised as quit-smoking devices in the UK!
The Wellington based researchers for Otago University say bio-markers, such as certain components of urine and exhaled breath should be assessed to estimate the potential harm of e-cigarettes.
- Vapers are exposed almost zero carbon monoxide risk compared to that faced by smokers;
- The same is true for inflammatory markers of likely relevance to cardiovascular and respiratory disease; and
- Vapers' risks is 14-23 per cent that of smokers in most studies for cancer-related toxicants.
The Wellington researchers say it seems likely that if smokers shift entirely to vaping, their risk of chronic disease would be expected to decline.
The safest option for smokers using vaping to reduce their health risk would be to switch to vaping only, as soon as possible, and to aim to quit vaping too -- if possible without relapsing to smoking, "which represents the greater risk to health".
Nicotine e-liquid should be easily accessible. Maori women want change to NZ legislation.
ONE News has recently run a story on New Zealand women Sophie Strickland has been successful at quitting smoking for 4 months since she decided to try vaping.
This is one of many examples of anecdotal evidence emerging to show the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes for helping users quit smoking. However, in New Zealand, retailers are not legally allowed to market vaping devices/e-cigs as quit-smoking devices.
Ms Strickland has joined a support group of women who use e-cigarettes with nicotine despite the nicotine not being available locally in New Zealand under New Zealand's current laws.
Nicotine e-cigarettes vaporise a nicotine solution that is then inhaled just like a standard cigarette but without the tar and many other carcinogens.
Sophie, who is a mother of 8, is very happy to finally be able to say she has quit smoking.
Ms Strickland has struggled with cigarette addiction in the past saying "It's the last thing you think about before you go to sleep and it's the first thing you think about before you get up,". It is only with the help of her vaporiser that she has been able to stop smoking.
She's in the camp that backs public health experts who wish to fully legalise e-cigarettes - like Massey University's Dr Marewa Glover.
"If we can get people switching to vaping we can start saving Maori lives and reduce disease among Maori," Dr Glover said.
In New Zealand, more than 40% of Maori women still smoke even after years of quit smoking campaigns and increased taxes.
More information on this story can be found from ONE news here.
A recent New Zealand study has shown that electronic cigarettes with nicotine could be a useful tool in helping women, in particular, quit or reduce tobacco smoking.
The research gave 357 New Zealand, who had no intention to quit, a sample of a nicotine electronic cigarette during interviews in November and December 2012.
The results showed that participants rated the nicotine e-digs to be 83.3 per cent as satisfying as their favourite brand of tobacco cigarettes. An astounding 91% of female participants rated nicotine e-cigs as satisfying as tobacco cigarettes.
37.9 per cent said their use of nicotine electronic cigarettes had lead them to reduce smoking while 7 per cent successfully quit.
Other studies have shown that patches or gum are less effective in helping women reduce tobacco smoking than men. This is study is very promising for women who are looking to quit smoking.
There is very strong evidence that e-cigs are less harmful than tobacco and researchers feel smokers should be able to purchase nicotine e-cigs in this country if they want to quit smoking.
For more information check out the article.
Smoking is the most preventable risk factor for cardiac and lung disease and is expected to cause 1 billion deaths during the 21st century. Electronic cigarettes have been marketed in recent years as a safer habit for smokers, with several millions of people already using them worldwide.
40% of deaths in smokers is due coronary artery disease alone. This study was undertaken to determine the effects of electronic cigarettes on cardiac function. The effects of regular cigarettes on the heart were compared to the effect of electronic cigarettes.
Other studies have shown that smoking produces significant defects in heart function. The goal of this experiment was to see if these same defects were present in a group that smoked electronic cigarettes.
The researchers measured heart function of daily smokers that smoked a single cigarette and another group of electronic cigarette users who used an electronic cigarette for seven minutes.
The results showed that one tobacco cigarette led to significant heart dysfunction. The electronic cigarette users, comparatively, showed no adverse effects on heart function.
Dr Farsalinos (author of the study) stated that this type of heart dysfunction is very important as it is usually the first defect that is detected before more serious cardiac disease develops.
He added: “It is too early to say whether the electronic cigarette is a revolution in tobacco harm reduction but the potential is there. It is the only available product that deals with both the chemical (nicotine delivery) and psychological (inhaling and exhaling ‘smoke’, holding it, etc) addiction to smoking, laboratory analyses indicate that it is significantly less toxic and our study has shown no significant defects in cardiac function after acute use.”
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