1985 Wrote NZ’s first Comprehensive plan to reduce
cigarette smoking, largely adopted by 1990.
1985-90 Advocated increased
cigarette taxes. Lobbied for the current tax per gram regime.
1987 Obtained stronger
health warnings on cigarettes, stating plainly Smoking causes lung
1989 Wrote Tobacco
or Health – an end to tobacco advertising and promotion, a
core policy defining the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990, won by
Health Minister Helen Clark in 1990.
1991 New Zealand now had the lowest tobacco
consumption per capita in the OECD.
1995 Wrote Tobacco taxation as a health issue
resulting in increased tax on hand-rolled cigarettes.
2001 Founded Doctors
for a Smokefree NZ. Gained 1000 doctors’ signatures for a law
to make all workplaces smokefree; the law passed in 2003.
2003 Researched cigarette
fire propensity: was due to use of accelerants in RYO cigarette papers.
2003 Researched A1 beta casein in milk. A1 casein
per capita in milk accounted for 85% of inter-country variation in type
1 diabetes, and over half of variation in rates of ischaemic heart
2005 Researched red meat
fat: trimming of fat has greatly reduced meat fat consumption overall.
2006 Launched www.endsmoking.org.nz and
countdown to ending cigarette sales
2006 Researched Marlboro
Ultrasmooth cigarette: “safer” cigarettes can never be
2007-8 For Ruyan in China,
managed research on their new e-cigarette nicotine inhaler.
2009-10 For Duke University USA managed research on the nicotine
pyruvate cigarette substitute.
2012 Submissions to
Parliament urging more tax on addictive cigarettes, less on denic
cigarettes and legalization of e-cigarettes.