News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Plain packaging – another step towards a Smokefree Aotearoa

Plain packaging – another positive step towards a Smokefree Aotearoa

The Asthma Foundation, as a founding member of the Smokefree Coalition, congratulates the government on their decision to bring in legislation to put tobacco products into plain packaging.

The Asthma Foundation, as a founding member of the Smokefree Coalition, congratulates the government on their decision to bring in legislation to put tobacco products into plain packaging.

The design of a cigarette pack is a key promotional tool, especially to our younger smokers. These young New Zealanders, who have never been exposed to direct tobacco marketing, have the lowest smoking rates ever. Plain packaging will therefore play a major part in reducing uptake, and lower smoking rates.

“We need to give our tamariki the best chance to thrive and be healthy; reducing smoking uptake with plain packaging is a positive step in the right direction” said Angela Francis, chief executive of the Asthma Foundation.

As well as causing 5,000 deaths each year, smoking has many negative health effects for those with a respiratory condition including being the main cause of COPD and lung cancer. Smoking is a major asthma trigger to some people and can make asthma control harder to achieve while increasing the need for medication.

Kyle Perrin, medical adviser for the Asthma Foundation agreed saying “this announcement is a major step forward in terms of tobacco control in New Zealand. Lower smoking rates are a critical factor in our efforts to reduce the burden of respiratory disease in the community.“

“We applaud the government’s goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 and we are proud that New Zealand has taken such a positive step” said Angela.

Smoking Facts

Smoking has many negative health effects including increased risk of diseases such as:
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)
• Lung cancer
• Heart and circulation disease
• Stroke
• Cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus and pancreas
• diseases of the urinary tract, pelvis, bladder and digestive tract
• blindness

Smoking causes about 25% of all cancer deaths in New Zealand, and one out of every 10 deaths worldwide.

Around 5,000 New Zealanders die each year from smoking.

Second-­hand smoke, where non-­smokers breathe in the smoke of others around them, can cause heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, asthma and the worsening of asthma symptoms, eye and nasal irritation and nasal sinus cancer.

Exposure of non-­smoking women to second-­hand smoke during pregnancy can reduce foetal growth, and is also associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Around 350 New Zealanders die each year because of exposure to other people’s tobacco smoke.

About the Asthma Foundation

The Asthma Foundation is New Zealand’s sector authority on asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

We advocate to government and raise awareness of respiratory illnesses, fund research for better treatments and educate on best practice. We provide resources on our website and support our affiliated asthma societies and trusts in providing education, support and advice.

For more information, visit the Asthma Foundation’s website www.asthmafoundation.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Health
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news