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‘Vape to quit’ – one year on

A 2019/2020 Summer Studentship research project

Internationally there is a fierce debate about the ‘risk reduction’ strategy to replace smoking with presumable less dangerous vaping. Some countries like the UK have embraced this, many other countries like Australia are not allowing any vaping products. New Zealand has embrace a ‘vape to quit’ strategy. It will be vital to have long term quit data. Internationally, about 80 per cent of people continue to vape after they quit smoking. It will be essential to have local data to inform the Ministry of Health policy.

Student: Toriana Murray
Supervisors: Professor Lutz Beckert, Mr Jonathan Amos, Service Development Manager, Planning and Funding; CDHB / Mr Hector Matthews, Executive Director of Māori and Pacific Health, CDHB
Sponsor: Pegasus Health Charitable Limited


Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 is a goal set by the New Zealand government. Is not about banning smoking, it is about taking action against tobacco. Over the last year the Canterbury District Health Board and Pegasus have combined forces in Te Hā – Waitaha with a specific focus in enabling smoking cessation in Māori people. Vaping has been increasingly being used an aid to support smoking cessation. Internationally and locality the three months quite rate is good, however little is known about the long term success and ongoing vaping habits


The aim of this study is to follow-up about 100 participants who have used vaping as an aid to stop smoking via the of Te Hā – Waitaha programme. The student will administer a simple telephone questionnaire to establish the current smoking and vaping status.


The student will make contact with Te Hā – Waitaha providers, familiarise her/himself with the current policies and establish a database. The student will ring about 100 participants of the Te Hā – Waitaha programme who have used vaping as a product to stop smoking and administer a short questionnaire.

Student researcher’s component of the study

  1. Literature review on vaping
  2. Meeting the Te Hā – Waitaha team and connecting with Manu Whenua
  3. Administrating an telephone questionnaire to participants of Te Hā – Waitaha
  4. Analyze, interpret and present the findings
  5. Feeding results back to Te Hā – Waitaha, key stake holders and Manu Whenua
  6. Drafting a peer reviewed article on the findings.

Student Prerequisites

Medical or nursing student

How to apply