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Tobacco Theme, Public Health Research

ASPIRE2025  

ASPIRE2025 a partnership between major research and research user groups in New Zealand for a tobacco-free Aotearoa. The Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, is a lead partner in this collaboration. PhD study opportunities are available for tobacco-free research.

See the ASPIRE2025 website or contact Richard Edwards at richard.edwards@otago.ac.nz for further information.

Daring to Dream: Pursuing the endgame for tobacco control  

The aim of this recently completed project was to develop and explore ways of framing and communicating to key audiences, radical proposals for structural reform to facilitate the introduction of more effective tobacco control policies. This project is part of the Health Promotion and Public Health Policy Research Unit (HePPRU).

See the Daring to Dream website or contact Richard Edwards at richard.edwards@otago.ac.nz for further information.

New Zealand Census Mortality Study (NZCMS) and CancerTrends  

These two projects included linked census-mortality and census-cancer data, including the 1981 and 1996 (and soon 2006) censuses, with smoking data. This enables many analyses of the contribution of tobacco to overall population health, and inequalities in health. These projects are part of the Health Inequalities Research Programme (HIRP).

See the NZCMS website and the CancerTrends website or contact Tony Blakely at tony.blakely@otago.ac.nz for further information.

NZ-Assessing Cost-Effectiveness: Prevention (NZ-ACE Prevention)  

This project's objective is to estimate the impact (total & equity-related) and cost-effectiveness of preventive interventions using multistate lifetables. It is a subsidiary project of the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE³).

See the NZ-ACE website or contact Nick Wilson at nick.wilson@otago.ac.nz for further information.

Online Comments on Smokefree Outdoor Policies

Funded by the Asthma Foundation, this project analysed 217 New Zealand online comments on smokefree outdoor policies: Staff for project: Jane Oliver, George Thomson, Nick Wilson.

The major themes found included: concerns about the effects of smoking and secondhand smoke (SHS); doubts about evidence of SHS harm; rights to smoke or to breathe smokefree air; the treatment of smokers by society; and whether proposed policies were appropriate. Of the relevant comments, 41% appeared to support outdoor smokefree area policies and 48% were opposed.

Amongst these motivated commenters, support for smokefree outdoor area policies was less than in New Zealand public opinion surveys. Online comments provide a simple and rapid means of identifying key themes that may inform policy-making around new smokefree area policies, and appear to have value for a range of public health research activities where public opinion is an important component.

Download the full report here

SoFIE-Health  

SoFIE-Health is a longitudinal study of 20,000 adults. It includes data on smoking status at three waves, allowing in-depth analyses of the determinants of changing smoking status over time. This study is part of the Health Inequalities Research Programme (HIRP).

See the SoFIE-Health website or contact Kristie Carter at kristie.carter@otago.ac.nz for further information.

The International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Survey  

The International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Survey is a multi-country study that includes a New Zealand arm.

See the International Tobacco Control (ITC) website or contact Nick Wilson at nick.wilson@otago.ac.nz for further information.

The Smokefree Project: policy decision-making for smokefree kids  

The aim of this Health Research Council funded project is to examine the issues and attitudes around policy processes for smokefree places for children, both at a national and local body level. The project started in October 2007, and will run until late 2010. It has three arms – mainstream, Maori and Pacific. Our findings show strong public support by New Zealanders for smokefree policies…but what do the policymakers think? This project is part of the Health Promotion and Public Health Policy Research Unit (HePPRU).

See the Smokefree Project website or contact George Thomson at george.thomson@otago.ac.nz for further information.

Smokefree outdoors areas research and policy material  

Tobacco retail research