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28 September, 2016

Could reducing the nicotine in our cigarettes help New Zealand achieve its Smokefree 2025 goal?

In a viewpoint article in the leading journal Tobacco Control, NIHI researchers Chris Bullen and Natalie Walker together with US colleagues Eric Donny and Dorothy Hatsukami argue that large reductions in nicotine content of tobacco could help many New Zealand smokers quit. Read more
16 September, 2016

Conclusions about the effects of electronic cigarettes remain the same

The conclusions of an updated Cochrane Review on e-cigarettes for smoking cessation are unchanged since the last review was published two years ago.

NIHI Director Professor Chris Bullen, one of the authors of the review, says “What our latest review found is the same as the last one - that electronic cigarettes may help smokers stop smoking.”
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12 September, 2016

NIHI’s e-cigarette research in the news

NIHI Director Professor Chris Bullen, who led the world's first high-quality trial to compare the quit-smoking rates of e-cigarettes and nicotine patches, said: "I don't think they are a magic bullet. They're not the sole thing that's going to get us there [to the Smokefree 2025 goal], but I think they will help some population groups where we haven't seen a breakthrough before. For example, there could be some real potential for Maori smokers." Read more

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