Curriculum Vitae 2016 Dr Murray Laugesen

Dr Murray Laugesen is New Zealand’s most experienced researcher on smoking policy and cigarettes. He founded Health New Zealand Ltd as his research and consultancy company in 1995, after 18 years as principal medical officer in the Department, (now Ministry) of Health, and Public Health Commission. Since 1995, Dr Laugesen focused first on policy and policy advocacy (see ) and then research. ( The aim is the same: reduce cancer and heart disease and create a healthier, cigarette-free New Zealand. In 2006, he shifted office from Auckland to his home city, Christchurch. As of 2014 he is actively working to achieve the 2025 goal of a smokefree nation, and on the basis of his own research. He also chaired End Smoking NZ trust until 2015.


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1960 Registered Medical Practitioner; practicing public health full-time since 1973.

1992- Public Health Physician (NZ Specialist Register)

2013 Co-investigator for the Univ of Auckland trial of electronic cigarettes as a cessation aid.







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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 cancer etc.

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 disease.

2005 Researched red meat fat: trimming of fat has greatly reduced meat fat consumption overall.

2006 Launched and countdown to ending cigarette sales

2006 Researched Marlboro Ultrasmooth cigarette: “safer” cigarettes can never be sufficiently safe.

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.



2009 FNZCPHM Fellow NZ College of Public Health Medicine.

1994 FAFPHM RACP (Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians)

1981 MCCM (Member College of Community Medicine) New Zealand.

1964 FRCS (Fellow Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh).

1962 Dip. Obstetrics (University of New Zealand).

1959 MBChB (University of New Zealand). (medicine and surgery) (Univ of Otago)

Awards, honours

2014 Public Health Champion of the Public Health Association of NZ.

2005 Honorary Life Member, Action on Smoking and Health, (ASH New Zealand, Auckland).

2000 QSO (Queen’s Service Order) for public services to the NZ Government.

1998 Medal. World Health Organization Tobacco or Health medal and citation “for achievements deemed worthy of international recognition in promoting the concept of tobacco-free societies.”

Publications and also

Previous posts

2006 Hon. Senior Research Fellow, University of Auckland, School of Population Health.

1995-13 Applied policy analysis, and since 2000, research on cigarettes and substitutes.

1984-95 Applied policy research and analysis as Principal Medical Officer, Dep. of Health (smoking) and Public Health Commission (major public health problems).

1978-84 Principal Medical Officer, child health research, Management Services Research Unit, NZ Dep. Health.

1973-77 Consultant, Voluntary Health Association of India, New Delhi.

1965-73 Surgeon, later Director of Community Health, Ferozepur Hospital, Punjab, India.

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