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

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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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

NIHI researchers call for tougher rules

A paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu and colleagues recommends that World Health Organization nutrient profiling system should underpin NZ code on marketing food to children Read more

University of Auckland is most innovative university in Australasia in new rankings

The University of Auckland has been ranked as the most innovative university in New Zealand and Australia in the inaugural Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities rankings. Read more

Plain packaging and warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages?

Results from a world-first study supervised by NIHI’s Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu and Associate Professor Natalie Walker Read more

E-cigarettes: do the benefits outweigh the risks?

NIHI Director Professor Chris Bullen features in ‘This Way Up’, a RadioNZ science programme that examines the issues around e-cigarettes and their regulation in New Zealand

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Heart Foundation Project Grant Awarded

Associate Professor Ralph Maddison has been awarded a Heart Foundation grant to support Text4Heart, a randomised controlled study to evaluate the long-term (1 year) effectiveness of a mobile phone delivered comprehensive Cardiac Rehab (CR) programme on adherence to lifestyle change compared to usual care (encouragement to attend CR). Read more
SCRIPT APP finalist in the best interactive product in this year’s Designers Institute Awards

SCRIPT APP finalist in the best interactive product in this year’s Designers Institute Awards

SCRIPT APP is a finalist in the best interactive product in this year’s Designers Institute Awards Read more

Four new trials funded in the latest HRC grant round

Professor Chris Bullen, and Associate Professors Natalie Walker and Andrew Jull have each been successful in securing three years of funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand to undertake four cutting-edge clinical trials. Three of the newly funded projects focus on smoking cessation, and one focuses on a new treatment for venous leg ulcers.  The trials range in size from 262 participants through to 2,140 .  Read more