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Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Smokefree2025: Where to from here?

Ngā Pūnaha Whakarato Nikotine Tāhiko (ENDS) me te Auahi Kore 2025, Ki hea ā mohoa nei haere ake nei?

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Aotearoa now has legislation that regulates the sale and marketing of vaping products, but these products continue to evolve rapidly. How can we use recent research findings to ensure maximum health benefits from this new policy landscape? What new questions are likely to arise as regulations come into effect and product innovation continues?

This course will explore and address these questions. We will provide updates on several recent studies, including an overview of ENDS use among NZ smokers from the International Tobacco Control project and Te Ara Auahi Kore (TAKe) study, and among youth.

We will also outline transition pathways as people attempt to switch from smoking to vaping, explore the importance of flavours, and examine how on-pack messages could affect smokers and non-smokers. We will present findings from in-depth analyses of factors fostering connections to ENDS, motivating ENDS use among non-smokers, and prompting relapse from ENDS use back to smoking.

The course will offer practical advice, and provide opportunities for researchers, policy makers, community workers and advocates to identify knowledge gaps.

Topics covered

  • ENDS use among NZ population groups
  • Patterns of switching between smoking and ENDS
  • Evolution of flavour use
  • Potential impact of on-pack messaging
  • ENDS uptake among non-smokers
  • Relapse from ENDS back to smoking
  • New and emerging questions – research, community and advocacy perspectives
  • Workshop
  • Panel discussion

Style of course

Symposium – Multi-speaker presentations and panel discussion in lecture theatre setting

Who should attend?  

This course is aimed at people working in smokefree advocacy, policy and research, people interested in population health, and people who engage with priority groups, including Māori, Pacific, and young people. It will also be of value to people interested in action!

It offers a great opportunity to develop links with other researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and advocates whose work involves tobacco and ENDS use.

Please note: this course is not open to individuals working with or for any tobacco company, or who are affiliated to the tobacco industry in any way. Nor is it open to any individuals or groups who have interests in or relationships with tobacco companies, including, but not limited to, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) and FSFW grantees.

Please note the additional detail provided below.

“Tobacco industry” refers to: a) any tobacco or tobacco product manufacturer, processor, wholesale distributor, importer, (and specialist tobacco retailers), b) any parent, affiliate, branch, or subsidiary of a tobacco or tobacco product manufacturer, wholesale distributor, importer, specialist tobacco retailer, or c) any individual or entity, such as, but not limited to an interest group, think tank, advocacy organization, lawyer, law firm, scientist, lobbyist, public relations and/or advertising agency, business, or foundation, that represents or works to promote the interests of the tobacco industry, or that receives or has received, either directly or indirectly, funding from a tobacco company or companies.

By the end of this course participants will have a deeper knowledge of:

  • Patterns of ENDS use among different population groups
  • Transition patterns as movement from smoking to ENDS use occurs
  • The role of flavours and vape devices in ENDS uptake
  • Potential effects of on-pack messaging
  • Unintended outcomes – uptake among non-smokers and relapse to smoking among quitters

They will also have:

  • Engaged in a panel discussion to identify new research, advocacy, and policy questions
  • Networked with others working in smokefree research, policy and advocacy

COVID-19 contingency plan

If COVID Alert Level restrictions prevent in-person/face-to-face delivery of this course, it will be delivered online the same day, and a credit of $100 given ($50 for those paying staff/student rate).

If the course is able to be delivered in person, but a participant cannot travel to Wellington due to COVID Alert Level restrictions, the course fee will be refunded in full.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration
9:00am Welcome, housekeeping
9:10am Epidemiology of ENDS use among different population groups:
  • General smoker population
Richard Edwards
  • Māori
Anaru Waa
  • Youth
Jude Ball
10:20am Facilitated discussion: policy implications and research needs?
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Patterns of switching between smoking and ENDS
Facilitated discussion: policy implications and research needs?
Tamlin Conner
11:30am Evolution of flavour use
Facilitated discussion: policy implications and research needs?
Mei-Ling Blank
12:00pm On- pack messaging
Facilitated discussion: policy implications and research needs?
Janet Hoek
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm ENDS devices and uptake
Facilitated discussion: policy implications and research needs?
Janet Hoek
2:00pm ENDS uptake among non-smokers
Facilitated discussion: policy implications and research needs?
Lindsay Robertson
2:30pm Relapse from ENDS use back to smoking
Facilitated discussion: policy implications and research needs?
Janet Hoek
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm Workshop – drawing together policy implications and research needs? Facilitators
Janet Hoek
Jude Ball
Richard Edwards
4:00pm Panel perspectives and audience discussion Candace Bagnall
Sally Stewart
Stephanie Erick
Anaru Waa
4:45pm Wrap up and course evaluation

Presenters

Convenor

Professor Janet Hoek, Department of Public Health, University of Otago
Janet Hoek has led several research projects into uptake, use and experiences of electronic nicotine delivery systems. She is a co-Director of ASPIRE 2025 and is especially interested in translating research into effective policy.


Presenters

  • Dr Jude Ball, Department of Public Health, University of Otago
  • Mei-Ling Blank, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago
  • Associate Professor Tamlin Conner, Department of Psychology, University of Otago
  • Professor Richard Edwards, Department of Public Health, University of Otago
  • Dr Lindsay Robertson, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago
  • Andrew Waa, Department of Public Health, University of Otago

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after Tuesday 22 December 2020.

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

Register now

Note COVID-19 contingency plan above. Any questions please see FAQ page or email julie.cooper@otago.ac.nz.