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Smokefree law survey- December 2023

A survey of New Zealanders shows the public want to retain our world-leading Smokefree law – including denicotisation of cigarettes, a reduction in retailers and ending sales of cigarettes to the next generation.

The Talbot Mills research, commissioned by Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) and University of Otago tobacco research group ASPIRE, showed 67 per cent of survey participants support the measures.

Open letter to the incoming government

Health Coalition Aotearoa, with 104 allies in health, education, social services organisations and unions, say the Government’s plan to abolish the Smokefree law is immoral and undemocratic in an open letter published in the New Zealand Herald on December 6, 2023.

“This letter shows the depth of shock and anger by those in the health community and beyond about the Government’s willingness to repeal a law that will save thousands of lives – so they can give tax cuts to the well-off,” Health Coalition Aotearoa co-chair Professor Boyd Swinburn said.

Signatories to the letter include organisations across the spectrum of health services and advocacy, unions representing thousands of workers, leading academic and research groups, major health NGOs, Māori/iwi community health providers and medical colleges.

Key facts – Smoking and the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act (SERPA)

The Government is repealing New Zealand’s world-leading smoke-free law. We’ve developed a Backgounder for Media with key facts about The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act (SERPA). This includes information about tobacco harm in Aotearoa, smoking rates, the impact on different groups, and the legislation itself.

Briefing to the incoming parliament

Health Coalition Aotearoa has provided a briefing to the incoming Parliament today, setting out specific prevention actions and policies for the new Government’s first 100 and 1000 days to make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

Te Tiriti Responsiveness Framework

How Health Coalition Aotearoa reflects the articles and principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in our mahi.

Benchmarking Food Environments

Progress by the New Zealand Government on implementing recommended food environment policies & prioritised recommendations

Health Coalition Aotearoa Annual Report 2023

Submission on Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill

Health Coalition Aoteaora (HCA) Smokefree Expert Advisory Group provided a comprehensive submission on the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill 2022 in August 2022. A separate submission on the Smokefree 2025 Plan was attached as an appendix, providing more detailed evidence supporting the three key priority measures supported by this Bill.

HCA welcomed the Bill’s measures, which, combined with existing comprehensive tobacco control policies will continue to improve the health of all New Zealanders and reduce inequities for many years to come. However, HCA called for specific improvements to vaping regulations to better protect school-aged children from vaping harm and specifically nicotine addiction.

Expanding Ka Ora Ka Ako

Results from the Talbot Mills Research nation-wide online survey. When asked to rank seven specific aspects of the cost of living in terms of how urgent they are, affordable healthy food was ranked number one by 49% of respondents and 63% of respondents support expanding the free health school lunches programme to include at least half of schools.

2023 Prevention Brief

This outlines the flagship policies of our panels and the necessary priority actions the government must take to tackle harmful commodities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Food EPI 2023

The Food EPI Report assesses the Government’s progress on implementing recommended food environment policies and priority recommendations. 

This work is spearheaded by Food Policy Expert Panel co-chair Dr Sally Mackay and puts a crucial focus on the state of food policy in Aotearoa, as well as offering recommendations to achieve the health, environment and equity goals that our food systems are capable of.