A third of household beverage budget spent on sugary drinks – study

A New Zealand study of beverage purchases shows consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks remains high, accounting for one third of the average household drinks budget, prompting renewed calls for a sugary drinks tax. “The findings of this study are a stark reminder of the urgent need to drive down consumption of sugary drinks with an industry […]

Big spend on vaccines, but preventable illness short-changed.

A massive gap in public health service purchasing, at just 2.1 percent of the health budget, shows other core public health investment has been dwarfed by the needed $1.4 billion Covid-19 vaccination rollout. The chair of the Public Health Infrastructure Expert Panel for Health Coalition Aotearoa, Dr David Galler says the paltry $507 million is […]

Smoke Free Action Plan geared to be “end game move” for Tobacco-caused death

The Smokefree Action Plan which proposes sweeping tobacco sale restrictions and the creation of a smokefree-generation could be the “end game move” needed to eliminate tobacco-caused death in New Zealand, the Health Coalition Aotearoa says. Associate Minister for Health Ayesha Verrall released her Smokefree Action Plan for discussion on Thursday as part of the objective […]

Health groups call for serious action on prevention

Tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food cause about one-third of the annual loss of healthy life-years, yet less than 0.5 percent of the health budget is spent on preventing this damage. What’s more, virtually none of the policies for alcohol and unhealthy foods recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other expert groups have been […]