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Prime Minister to Open Conference

Prime Minister to Open Conference

The Rt Hon Helen Clark will deliver the opening address at the 2004 National Smokefree Conference - 'Tobacco Control - the evidence', in Wellington on 13 September.

Ms Clark was instrumental in the introduction of the ground breaking Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 and has continued to support efforts to reduce tobacco-related harm.

Australian professor and world-renowned tobacco control expert, Simon Chapman, will deliver the keynote presentations on day one of the Conference. Chapman will comment on New Zealand's tobacco control efforts including the recently strengthened Smoke-free Environments Act under the heading "New Zealand: Roll on the Tobacco Industry's Worst Nightmare".

"We're fortunate to have someone of Simon's calibre here in New Zealand", says Iain Potter, Director of the Health Sponsorship Council and Conference Committee Chair. "Simon's experience in the field and intimate knowledge of the tobacco industry make him the ideal person to comment on the issue and give a global perspective as we head into a new era of tobacco control in this country."

'A 'who's who' of tobacco control will be present at the Westpac Stadium over the two days, with this year offering the most robust programme in the conference's eight year history', said Potter. 'With 4,700 New Zealanders dying each year from tobacco-related diseases, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in New Zealand. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to address the issue and work towards solutions."


Simon Chapman, is Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney. He is a sociologist with a PhD on the semiotics of cigarette advertising, author of 10 books and major government reports and 167 papers in peer reviewed journals. His books include Over our dead bodies:Gun law reform after Port Arthur (Sydney:Pluto 1998); The Last Right? Australians take sides on the right to die (Sydney:Mandarin 1995); The Fight for Public Health:Principles and Practice of Media Advocacy (BMJ Books 1994 with Deborah Lupton); Tobacco in the Third World:a resource Atlas (International Organisation of Consumers' Unions 1990) Great Expectorations: Advertising and the tobacco industry (London:Comedia, 1986);and The Lung Goodbye: tactics for counteracting the tobacco industry in the 1980s (IOCU 1983). His main research interests are in tobacco control, media discourses on health and illness, and risk communication. He teaches annual courses in Public Health Advocacy and Tobacco Control in the University of Sydney's MPH program.

In 1997 he won the World Health Organisation's World No Tobacco Day Medal; in 1999, the National Heart Foundation of Australia’s gold medal; and in 2003 he was voted by his international peers to be awarded the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Award for outstanding individual leadership in tobacco control. In 2003, Australia’s Bulletin magazine named him as one of the 10 “smartest” people working in Australian health and medicine. He is editor of the British Medical Journal's specialist journal, Tobacco Control.

He is a life member of the Australian Consumers' Association and was its chairman 1999-2002. He was a key member of the Coalition for Gun Control which won the 1996 Australian Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission’s community Human Rights award.


Monday 13th September

8.30 – 9.15 Coffee and registration

9.15 – 9.45 Official Opening /Mihi Whakatau Ministerial Address, Rt. Hon. Helen Clark Deloitte Lounge Level 4

9.45 – 10.30 Session 1: Let’s Celebrate – a Legislative Milestone

New Zealand: Roll – on the Tobacco Industry’s Worst Nightmare Simon Chapman Deloitte Lounge Level 4

10.30 – 11.00 Morning tea in registration area

11.00 – 12.00 Session 1 Parallel Presentations

Group 1.1 Chairperson: Kay Thomson Making a DHB Smokefree – Karen Evison, Waikato DHB Policy and Practices on Smoking Within a DHB – Dawn Gourdie, Canterbury DHB Level 3 East Lounge

Group 1.2 Chairperson: Tane Cassidy Second Hand Smoke Exposure, Attitudes and Behaviours: Monitoring Trends Over a Five Year Period - Julie Gillespie, HSC Access to Tobacco Products By Underage Youth – Tony Reeder, and Helen Darling, University of Otago. Level 2 East Lounge

Group 1.3 Chairperson: Liz Price Going Global: An International Temperature Check - Becky Freeman, ASH NZ and the Law: Beyond The Smokefree Environments Amendment Act 2003. The Potential for New Zealand Involvement in the Cauvin Litigation – Neil Francey, Barrister at Law, Australia and Jennifer Lamm, ASH Level 3 West Lounge

Group 1.4 Chairperson: Iain Potter Smokefree Legislation, Update – Graeme Gillespie, MoH Level 2 West Lounge
12.00 – 1.00 Session 1 Parallel Presentations repeated

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch in registration area

2.00 – 2.45 Session 2: Challenges and Responses.

Corporate Responsibility and the Tobacco Industry: an Oxymoron? Simon Chapman Deloitte Lounge Level 4

2.45 – 3.45 Session 2 Parallel Presentations

Group 2.1 Chairperson: Leigh Sturgiss Associations Between the Universities and the Tobacco Industry : What Institutional Policies Protect the Public Interest? - George Thomson, Wellington School of Medicine Tobacco Promotion Regulation – Extending The Legislation Further – Janet Hoek, Ninya Maubach and Christina Mossaidis, Massey University Level 3 East Lounge

Group 2.2 Chairperson: Lisa Docherty Mortality Risk from Smoking in NZ – Darren Hunt, Wellington Medical School Maori, Pregnant and Smoking: Why? – Dr Marewa Glover, Auckland University Level 2 East Lounge

Group 2.3 Chairperson: Heidi Flaxman Self Concept and Smoking : Maybe Not Such a Big Deal – Helen Darling, University of Otago Adolescents’ Appraisals of Smokers’ Stereotypes in Film – Judith McCool, University of Auckland Level 3 West Lounge

Group 2.4 Chairperson: Kiri Milne Tobacco Prevalence Rates in a Group of Adolescent Psychiatric Outpatients – Karen De Zwart, Christchurch School of Medicine Marketing to our Children? The Contents of our “Toybox” Revealed – Helen Darling and Tony Reeder, University of Otago Level 2 West Lounge 3.45 – 4.45 Session 2 Parallel Presentations repeated

4.45 – 5.00 Steve Chadwick, MP for Rotorua

5.00 – 6.30 Social nourishment in registration area
Tuesday 14th September

8.15 – 8.45 Morning coffee

8.45 – 9.30 Session 3: Best Evidence Nick Wilson Deloitte Lounge Level 4

9.30 – 10.20 Session 3 Parallel Presentations

Group 3.1 Chairperson: Anaru Waa Enhancing the Quitline Service To Help Smokers to Quit: Evaluation Results in Action – Michele Grigg and Jane Mills, The Quit Group A Waitaha Perspective of Aukati Kai Paipa – Tahu Potiki Stirling, Hauora Matauraka, Community and Public Health Level 3 East Lounge

Group 3.2 Chairperson: Becky Freeman The Impact of TV Advertising Campaigns on Calls to the NZ Quitline – Nick Wilson, Wellington Medical School and Leigh Graham, Graham Strategic Fear and Threat Appeals: An Analysis of Their Use in Smoking Deterrence Initiatives – Lisa Searle, Janet Hoek and Ninya Maubach, Massey University Level 2 East Lounge

Group 3.3 Chairperson: Liz Price Passive Smoking and Mortality – Tony Blakely, Wellington School of Medicine Behind the Scenes: Developing The Smokefree Homes Campaign – Kiri Milne, HSC and Michele Grigg, The Quit Group Level 3 West Lounge

Group 3.4 Chairperson: Iain Potter Reducing The Toxicity Burden of NZ Cigarette - Murray Laugeson, Health New Zealand Reducing The Addictive Burden of Cigarettes – Murray Laugeson, Health New Zealand Level 2 West Lounge

10.20 – 10.45 Morning tea in registration area

10.45 – 11.45 Session 3 Parallel Presentations repeated

11.45 – 12.15 Associate Minister of Health, Hon. Damien O’Connor Deloitte Lounge Level 4

12.15 – 1.00 Lunch in registration area

1.00 – 1.45 Session 4: Health Promotion John Raeburn Deloitte Lounge Level 4

1.45 – 2.45 Session 4 Parallel Presentations

Group 4.1 Chairperson: Mere Wilson An Evaluation of the Auahi Kore Marae Programme in Northland – Adele Hamilton and Bridgette Masters An Urban Perspective of Working With Maori Communities. A Six Month Review of Auahi Kore – Community Based Health Promotion – Hiku Mackey, Health Promotion Advisor, Auckland Regional Public Health Service Level 3 East Lounge

Group 4.2 Chairperson: Tane Cassidy Reducing Smoking Initiation –Tane Cassidy and Anaru Waa, HSC Level 2 East Lounge

Group 4.3 Chairperson: Juliet Corney Preventing Relapse: Developing a Resource Using Evidence Based Practice – Penny Salmon, The Quit Group Adolescent Cessation: The Role of Nurses – Greg Hamilton, Christchurch School of Medicine Level 3 West Lounge

Group 4.4 Chairperson: Michele Grigg Pacific Peoples Tobacco Control – Linda Tasi, The Quit Group Factors Associated With Household Smoking Among a Cohort of Pacific Mothers Living in Aotearoa/NZ – Stephanie Erick–Peleti and Esther Cowley-Malcolm. Level 2 West Lounge

2.45 – 3.15 Afternoon tea in registration area

3.15 – 4.15 Session 4 Parallel Presentations repeated

4.15 Conference Close

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