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Changing the tobacco supply landscape

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Are you working towards Smokefree goals and want to see faster progress? Do you work with young people and want to see smoking uptake fall?

Addressing these questions means confronting a serious contradiction: we tell young people not to smoke and advise smokers to quit, yet we still allow tobacco to be sold in more than 6000 outlets. Come and learn how the Government could match its actions with its advice.

We will review retailer licensing in Australia, learning about novel research using diary-based studies, and examine findings from recent New Zealand studies. Specifically, you will learn about next steps that New Zealand could take and the evidence supporting these measures. You will also discuss how we might progress tobacco supply measures, and debate whether and how those measures might apply to e-cigarettes.

Topics covered 

Key areas to be covered include:

  • Retailer licensing: Experiences from Australia and implications for New Zealand
  • Evaluation of past tobacco retail policies and an exploration of future approaches
  • BODE3's retail modelling
  • Endgame policy ideas for the regulatory agenda

Style of course

Small group – teaching and discussions in a group of up to 30 people.

Who should attend?  

The day will be particularly relevant to people involved in developing smokefree initiatives and policy. The course is designed to assist and support members of the smokefree community who work to support and maintain smokefree behaviour. It should be of interest to researchers, and those involved in social marketing and health promotion initiatives at national or community level. Policy makers would also benefit from the course content and networking opportunities.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration
9am Welcome – The current tobacco retail landscape Janet Hoek
Tobacco retail outlet density and risk of youth smoking in New Zealand Louise Marsh
Effects of removing tobacco POS displays Richard Edwards
10:30am Morning tea
11am ‘Why did I have that cigarette?’ Diary studies for understanding smoking behaviours Sue Burton
Discussion of current situation Janet Hoek
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm Licensing tobacco retailers: positive, negative or not at all? The Australian experience and implications for New Zealand Sue Burton
Discussion of Australian policy approaches Janet Hoek
3pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm Key NZ stakeholders’ views on tobacco retail policies

Lindsay Robertson

Regulating E-cigarettes: Exploring policy options Nick Wilson
Discussion of NZ context Janet Hoek
Summary of course, evaluation Janet Hoek
5pm Finish

Teaching staff  

  • Professor Suzan Burton, is a Professor of Marketing at Western Sydney University. She has undertaken numerous studies into tobacco retailing, including innovative work using real-time data collection.
  • Professor Janet Hoek is based in the Department of Marketing at the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus. She is co-Director of ASPIRE2025 a University of Otago research theme that provides evidence to support the Government’s smokefree 2025 goal. She has a particular interest in young adults’ smoking behaviours.
  • Professor Richard Edwards is the co-Head of Department for the Department of Public Health at University of Otago, Wellington. He is co-Director of ASPIRE2025, a partnership between major New Zealand research groups carrying out research to help achieve the Government's goal of a tobacco-free Aotearoa by 2025.
  • Lindsay Robertson is a Research Fellow in the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit. Her PhD thesis examined different tobacco retail policies that could be introduced to change how tobacco is sold in New Zealand. In 2016, Lindsay received the Dunedin School of Medicine Emerging Researcher Award.
  • Dr Louise Marsh is a Research Fellow in the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit. She has undertaken several studies into tobacco retailing, including using geo-spatial modelling to map retailer locations and their proximity to schools. Louise also has a strong interest in adolescent and young adult smoking practices.
  • Professor Nick Wilson co-directs BODE3, a large HRC research programme that examines the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of public health interventions. Nick is a prolific researcher with wide ranging expertise, including tobacco retailing.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 21 December 2016.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Register now