Aim To reduce smoking and its health consequences (cancer, lung damage, heart disease, fire injuries)

Health New Zealand, in its publications to date, its current contracts, contacts, and collaborations, provides a unique breadth of vision on tobacco control in New Zealand, with views independent of government and industry

-         from individual smoker to national policy development

-         from the uptake of smoking to quitting

-         from laboratory bench research to population epidemiology

-         based on Dr Laugesen’s experience in national government and non-government organizations

-         spanning many branches of science, enabling science-based advocacy for better policies.

-         communicating electronically by newsletter or scientific journal

-         with a global perspective based on international contacts and every world conference on smoking and health since 1987

-         with a historical New Zealand perspective based on 21 years in national tobacco policy development..

Company assets include a superb collection of tobacco control publications and statistics.

PUBLICATIONS on TOBACCO CONTROL - Dr Murray Laugesen, Health New Zealand.

Also see toxicitypubs.htm lessnicpubs.htm firesafepubs.htm SHSdeaths.htm


2005 Member, Working party for Tobacco Policy, using evidence for better outcomes. Royal Australasian College of Physicians. (RACP) and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), 2005.

2002-3 . Mission reports on visit to Niue for tobacco control. WHO Western Pacific Office.

2002 Review papers for World Health Organization, Geneva, on advertising controls, tobacco taxation, smokefree policies and monitoring and surveillance.

2000 World’s best practice in tobacco control.: The New Zealand comprehensive programme. Tobacco Control 9: 228-36.

2000 with Swinburn B. New Zealand’s tobacco control programme, 1985-98. Tobacco Control, 9:155-62.

1999 Tobacco consumption resumes downward trend, 1990-98. Commissioned by Ministry of Health. NZ Public Hlth Rep.

1999 with McClellan V. Monitoring, surveillance and evaluation of tobacco control activities in New Zealand: an options paper. Health Funding Authority.

1996 Chollat-Traquet C. Evaluating tobacco control. Experiences and guiding principles. Geneva: World Health Organisation, 1996. Acknowledged main contributor, one chapter.

1995 Smokers run enormous risk - new evidence. Editorial. NZ Med J, 108: 419-421.

1995 Tobacco Control: 10 000 deaths averted and greater gains possible. NZ Public Hlth Rep 2: 89-91.


2007 with Scragg R, Paper comparing parental and best friend influences on daily smoking in adolescents. Submitted.

2003 with Scragg R, and Robinson E. Parental smoking and related behaviours influence adolescent tobacco smoking: results from the 2001 New Zealand national survey of 4th form students. NZMJ 12 Dec , 116 (1187)

2002 with Scragg R, Robinson E. Cigarette smoking, pocket money and socioeconomic status: results from a national survey of 4th form students in 2000. 26-Jul-115: (1158)

2001 with Scragg R. Cigarette smoking declining in fourth form girls but not in boys. NZ Public Hlth Rep 8:33-36.

1999 with Scragg R. Changes in cigarette purchasing by fourth form students in New Zealand 1992-1997. NZ Med J 8 October, 112:379-83.

1999 with Scragg R. Trends in cigarette smoking in fourth form students in New Zealand 1992-1997. NZ Med J . 1999 27 August; 112:308-11.


1992 Tobacco advertising bans cut smoking. Brit J Addiction, 1992; 87:965-966.

1991 with Meads C. Tobacco advertising restrictions, price, income and tobacco consumption in OECD countries, 1960-1986. Brit J. Addiction 86:1343-1354.

1991 with Meads C. Advertising, price income and publicity effects on weekly cigarette sales in New Zealand supermarkets. Brit J Addiction 86: 83-89.


2003 with Scragg R, Christophersen A, Auckland UniServices and others. Health behaviour Survey, tobacco module, questionnaire development, For Ministry of Health.

2002 Health New Zealand international tobacco control database.Updated. Purchased and cited by Saffer and Chaloupka in Health Economics 2000.

2000 Tobacco Statistics 2000. Wellington: Cancer Society of New Zealand

1999 with Fraser J. Lung cancer rate falling in women aged 25-54 years. NZ Med J. 111: 350-1. Letter.

1991-03 Tobacco Manufacturers returns to the Ministry of Health. Annual Reports to the Ministry of Health.

1996 The Big Kill Continues. The human cost of smoking in New Zealand in the 1990s. Wellington: Cancer Society of New Zealand.

1996 Tobacco Statistics 1996. Cancer Society of New Zealand and Ministry of Health.

1992 with Sheerin J. Tobacco Statistics 1991.Wellington: Department of Statistics and Department of Health.

1988 with Gray AJ, Reinken JA. The cost of cigarette smoking in New Zealand. NZ Med J. 101: 270-3.

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