2 Jan 2014
Murray Laugesen. Nicotine and Health – American Council on Science and
Health, New York.
special interest to smoking cessation experts and policy makers.
This world-first publication
(71 pages, 137 references) details
1 How nicotine affects
2 How smokeless affects
3 Electronic cigarettes.
For a free copy see www.acsh.org and download.
For more details see
29 Nov 2013. Voluntary Health NZ standard for
Following testing of 9 brands available on the NZ market, the
following two brands were successful in reaching the standard and announced to the winners, at the
Gateway Conference on Electronic Cigarettes in Auckland on Oct 23:
1) Elusion Ego with clearomiser. 1st on lowest price, 2nd on
nicotine per puff, 2nd on persuading smokers to switch.
2) Greensmoke with
cartomiser. 1st on nicotine per puff, 1st on persuading smokers to
Latest news: www.healthnz.co.nz/News2013.htm
For more policy topics,
latest news on e-cigarettes:
14 Dec 2012. A world-first policy to reduce
excise on denicotinized cigarettes and thus
reduce addiction NZ Med J.
2014 Cost of Smoking survey continues.
With Professor R. Grace Dr Laugesen will continue to report on effect of
e-cigarettes on future cigarette consumption.
Health New Zealand
Ltd’s research quest is for safer product choices for smokers. See
the company’s achievements and future plan: www.healthnz.co.nz/Alternatives.htm
2013: Celebrating 20 years in business
and 30 years in reducing smoking in NZ
Dr Laugesen, Health New Zealand,
has authored over 40 peer-reviewed research papers, thanks to funders,
co-researchers and reviewers. http://www.healthnz.co.nz/Publicnsall.htm
of Auckland ASCEND trial of e-cigs completed. (co-investigator)
cigarette policy to reduce addiction
Research on the nicotine pyruvate cigarette substitute
RYO cigarettes – less tobacco but more smoke.
Research on (low) toxicity of e-cigarettes
Research on Marlboro Ultrasmooth – reduced risk???
2011-14: Health New
Zealand aims to research
policies capable of reducing smoking and phasing out cigarette and
tobacco sales by 2020, in support of End Smoking NZ’s revised plan
to produce four policies to reduce addictiveness and price in
1. Results of increased
tax on addictive cigarettes
2. Results of making
denicotininsed cigs. available
3. Results of making
nicotine e-cigarettes available
4 Results of increasing the tax on RYO
1995-03 Health New Zealand Ltd was
founded in July 1995, published Smokefree E-news from 1997, supported ASH
and Smokefree Coalition’s efforts, co-authored the most quoted
research in aid of the 2003 law making workplaces smokefree: http://www.healthnz.co.nz/SHSdeaths.htm
2010 May 14: Oral submission to the Tobacco
Inquiry of the Maori Affairs Select Committee in Christchurch
on relevant company research results. www.healthnz.co.nz/HealthNZ_Oral_14May2010.ppt
2010 9 April: E-cigarette clinical trial results. www.healthnz.co.nz/News2010.htm
2010: 6712 visits to this site, mainly for
information on e-cigarettes.
45% from USA, 17% from NZ.
2009: Dr Laugesen slide presentation on the electronic cigarette Oceania Tobacco Control Conference. Darwin. ElectronicCigsDarwinOct09.pdf
2009: Over 7000 visitors to this site, mainly to read or
download Health NZ research on e-cigarettes, and mainly from USA, but
many from NZ and a wide spread of
30 July 2009. FDA report –
actually shows e-cigarettes much safer than conventional ones ecigarette.htm
26 June 2009. RYO cigarettes dangerous
money-savers - Health NZ
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Consultancy, to reduce heart disease, cancer, and
promote the health of New Zealanders
14 Sept 2014
Policy will drive users back to smoking tobacco, health
Matthew Theunissen, Herald on
nicotine-based e-cigarette products off the shelves is
"ridiculous", says a health official and respected anti-smoking
being illegal according to the Ministry of Health's rules, e-cigarettes
containing nicotine have been widely available over the counter in
the past few weeks, the ministry has dispatched smoke-free enforcement
officers to inform retailers such sales are prohibited.
devices, which contain flavoured "e-liquid" with or without
nicotine, emit a smoke-like vapour.
the major e-cigarette retailers, Shosha, said on Thursday it would get
rid of its stock either this week or next week.
health specialist Dr Murray Laugesen, who has been researching
e-cigarettes since 2007, labelled the ministry's decision
"ridiculous" and said it would drive people back to smoking
tobacco. He said e-cigarettes were less harmful than traditional
cigarettes, a view shared by the World Health Organisation.
ministry itself says half of combustible cigarette smokers will die from
smoking so what is being set up is a ridiculous policy which enables
people to keep on smoking something which is going to kill them. It's a
UK, 2.1 million smokers were using e-cigarettes and in the United States,
more than $2billion was being spent on them each year.
Ministry of Health data estimated there were 626,000 traditional
cigarette smokers in the country. "Something is very wrong with the
New Zealand policy, especially considering there's at least 8000 places
in the country where you can buy combustible cigarettes."
was surprised the matter had not become an election issue.
ministry said there was not enough evidence to recommend e-cigarettes as
an aid to quitting smoking. It would, however, be "assessing new evidence
as it arises, but in the meantime smokers should continue to use approved
smoking cessation aids, such as patches, lozenges, and gum".
position was supported by a recent WHO report that stated that while they
were likely to be less toxic than conventional cigarettes, e-cigarette
use posed threats to adolescents and foetuses of pregnant mothers using
the devices. E-cigarettes also increased the exposure of non-smokers and
bystanders to nicotine and several toxicants.
ministry said nicotine e-cigarette products could still be legally bought
from overseas via the internet for personal use.
cannot be sold, or resold, in New Zealand because they are unapproved
An Hertogen, Anita Killeen The burning issue of combustible
tobacco: the inconvenient truth. NZ
Law Review. 2014;(2)239-263.
The paper discusses the New Zealand
government’s goal of a smoke-free New Zealand by 2025 and
critically evaluates the existing tobacco control policies. It argues
that the current approach, which focuses on expanding smoke-free
environments and restricting advertising for tobacco products, is unable
to achieve the government’s goal. Instead, the article assesses
different “endgame” strategies that could achieve a smoke-free
New Zealand, primarily by granting regulatory recognition to smokeless
tobacco products. Despite these products posing less risk to public
health than traditional combustible tobacco, they are regulated far more
strictly, and even banned from sale in New Zealand. We argue that New
Zealand’s regulatory priorities are in dire need of reassessment to
protect New Zealanders against the curse of smoking-related illness and
Another way to predict future cigarette behaviour. Predicting how many cigarettes people will buy as the price
increases is another way to predict future behaviour of different groups
in the population.
Grace RC, Kivell BM, Laugesen M. Predicting Decreases in Smoking with
a Cigarette Purchase Task: Evidence from an Excise Tax Rise in New
Zealand. Tobacco Control.
published On-line First July
22, 2014 doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-0515942012.
Lancet 8 Sep 2013
E-cigarettes safe and
This world-leading Auckland
NZ trial shows e-cigarettes
definitely help people stop smoking, being at least as effective
as nicotine patches, and causing no major adverse effects.
Bullen, C, Howe C, Laugesen M, McRobbie H, Parag V, Williman J,
Walker N. Electronic
cigarettes for smoking cessation: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet.
Published Online September
8, 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61842-5
Dr Laugesen and Health New
Zealand Ltd is proud to have had a
part in the planning and analysis
of this major study, led by Prof Chris Bullen heading a large team at the
National Institute of Health Innovation, University of Auckland.
Vaping a healthier way
11 July 2013
Government should open the way for e-cigarettes argues Murray Laugesen
Traffic: This website
and End Smoking NZ combined: 10,000 to 13,000 visits per month
the month: Bullen, et al.
as above, on comparing an e-cigarette brand with the nicotine patch. Lancet, 8 Sept
2013 – see
27 February 2010: New
Nicotine cigarette gives fast delivery of nicotine to the lung. Now
published. For the full text report in Experimental and Clinical
Psychopharmacology, click here to see
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On leaving the Public Health Commission in 1995 Dr
Laugesen founded Health New Zealand Ltd as his consultancy company. Dr
Laugesen has been involved in the prevention of cancer, heart disease
and smoking at national level since 1984. More…