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Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and the Smokefree 2025 goal

Ngā Pūnaha Tāhiko Tuku Nikotīni (ENDS) me te whāinga Auahi Kore 2025

Monday 12 February 2018

Are you wondering how electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes might contribute to New Zealand’s smokefree goal and reduce disparities in smoking among Māori and Pacific peoples?

We will present the latest research evidence from recent surveys and in-depth studies of vapers and vaping behaviours. Sessions will discuss how ENDS could contribute to the 2025 goal, address disparities in smoking and how ENDS fit within smokefree plans, such as the ASAP report. We will explore uptake among NZ smokers, probe whether and how movement from smoking to vaping occurs, and explore the motivations, experiences and intentions of different ENDS user groups. The day will include a panel discussion featuring researchers, practitioners with expertise in using e-cigs for cessation, and representatives of the vaping sector.

The course will also examine what these findings mean for practice and policy, consider the advice community workers could provide to smokers, and review how policies could protect vulnerable groups while supporting smokers who cannot quit to transition fully to ENDS.

Topics covered   

  1. Overview of harm reduction and abstinence models and implications for 2025
  2. Where do ENDS fit in the ASAP report?
  3. Update on recent research into vaping in NZ
  4. Innovations in digital vaping technology
  5. In-depth analysis of vaping patterns
  6. ENDS’ users information needs
  7. Panel discussion bringing together varied perspectives

Style of course

Small group – teaching and discussions in a group of up to 30 people, but with multiple presenters.

Who should attend?  

This course is aimed at people who want to know more about ENDS uptake, how ENDS might contribute to the 2025 goal, and what cautions we might need to exercise. People who work with smokers, support vapers, develop policy and undertake research should find the material covered relevant to their work. No specific prior experience is required.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration
9am Mihi
Introduction and housekeeping
Harm reduction, abstinence and inequalities
Where do ENDS fit in the ASAP report?

Janet Hoek
Anaru Waa
Richard Edwards

10:30am Morning tea

NZ background: ITC findings on who is using ENDS
Smart ENDS and smoking transition
Dual use and ENDS use by non-smokers

Richard Edwards

Mei-Ling Blank
Janet Hoek

12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm ENDS users’ information needs
ENDS and cessation advice and support
Lindsay Robertson
3pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm Panel perspectives on ENDS’ role in achieving 2025 goal
General discussion
Participants TBC
5pm Finish

Teaching staff  

  • Janet Hoek - University of Otago
  • Richard Edwards - University of Otago
  • Anaru Waa - University of Otago
  • Mei-Ling Blank - University of Otago
  • Lindsay Robertson - University of Otago
  • Others to be confirmed.


Janet Hoek, Departments of Public Health and Marketing, is convening this course. Along with other ASPIRE members, Janet is particularly interested in ENDS uptake and use, and whether and how transition from smoking to vaping occurs. She is currently leading two HRC-funded studies investigating these questions.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 20 December 2017.

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

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