Led by Richard Edwards, ASPIRE Aotearoa ran a one day course at the 2023 University of Otago Public Health Summer School. The day covered background to the new Smokefree legislation and considered the challenges that lie ahead.

Despite the challenges brought by the terrible storms, we had a great audience and some lively debates. Content included:

  • An update on the Smokefree Aotearoa goal and status of the Smokefree Aotearoa Action Plan and Smokefree legislation.
  • An overview of three key ‘endgame’ measures – mandated denicotinisation, retail supply reductions, and the smokefree generation - and a description of the tobacco control system and its governance, including discussion of the cross-cutting theme of enacting our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Current and emerging issues with the Action Plan and Smokefree legislation, including countering misinformation and industry influence, the black market and other indirect impacts, and the requirements for supporting people who smoke as we approach the tobacco endgame.

The day ended with workshops that discussed questions noted during the day. Many thanks to the people who attended; we are currently working on a follow-up to the day and will be in touch.

For more information about the University of Otago Public Health Summer School (including how to attend the 2024 Summer School) please click here. 



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