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New Zealand Takes On Big Tobacco In The Race To Smokefree 2025

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 10:01 am | ASH

The number of people smoking is declining at record levels. Today Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall announced measures for the final push necessary to achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal. Together the measures will reaffirm New Zealand as a global ... More >>

A Cigarette Butt Ban Now!

Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 8:40 am | ASH

Action for Smokefree 2025 (ASH) is joining a call from World Wildlife Fund Australia to tackle the impact of cigarette butts on our environment. ASH wants the New Zealand government to ban single use synthetic filters – the leading litter item in our ... More >>

ASH Applauds The Budget

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 2:22 pm | ASH

Today’s budget sees a significant increase of $36.625M over 4 years in resourcing for smokefree initiatives. In a bold move, the Government has increased funding for health promotion and social marketing campaigns to support the Smokefree 2025 goal, ... More >>

ASH NZ Welcomes Vaping Legislation

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 9:13 am | ASH

In one of the final acts of this Government, late last night Parliament passed the long-awaited Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act. In so doing, it has ensured a significant opportunity to help 500,000 New Zealanders ... More >>

ASH Welcomes Vaping Legislation

Sunday, 23 February 2020, 12:12 pm | ASH

ASH NZ congratulates Minister Salesa on the introduction of legislation to regulate vaping. ASH NZ Chair, Prof Robert Beaglehole said, “It is wonderful that a Bill will be introduced next week and we congratulate Minister Salesa on balancing the ... More >>

ASH appalled by call for longer sentences for tobacco theft

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 11:16 am | ASH

ASH Programme manager Boyd Broughton said; ‘Yet again, BAT is being disingenuous, and trying to shift the blame to communities instead of taking responsibility for their killer activities’. More >>

ASH welcomes Jenny Salesa as new Minister

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 4:14 pm | ASH

Action for Smokefree 2025 (ASH) welcomes Jenny Salesa as the new Minister responsible for Smokefree 2025. More >>

Worrying lack of progress towards Smokefree 2025

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 3:26 pm | ASH

Nearly seven years since the last government agreed to a goal for a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025, there is a concerning lack of progress. The latest New Zealand Health Survey figures released by the Ministry of Health show that smoking has only declined ... More >>

Big Tobacco Using Dairy Owners to Fight Tobacco Taxes

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 3:05 pm | ASH

Together Hāpai the National Tobacco Control Advocacy service and ASH - Action for Smokefree 2025, are appalled that the tobacco industry is using a front group to complain about tobacco taxes – the most effective way of reducing tobacco use. ... More >>

Former PM Helen Clark calls for unity for Smokefree 2025

Monday, 29 May 2017, 9:49 am | ASH

ASH – Action for Smokefree 2025 Patron, Former Prime Minister Helen Clark calls for politicians to unite for Smokefree 2025 ASH is delighted to announce former New Zealand Prime Minister and ex-head of the United Nations Development Programme, the ... More >>

Big tobacco winning the battle for hearts and lungs

Friday, 16 December 2016, 11:54 am | ASH

Progress towards the Smokefree 2025 goal is too slow, especially for Maori and Pacific people. More >>

Associate Health Minister Announces Plain Packs set to Pass

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 2:20 pm | ASH

ASH NZ congratulates Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga on announcing draft regulations and a consultation document for standardised cigarette packaging. More >>

Mangere Town Centre Celebrating Nine Years Smokefree

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 12:26 pm | ASH

Mangere residents have reason to celebrate this month with their town Centre set to commemorate nine years since it became Smokefree in 2007. ASH New Zealand invites Mangere’s local residents and wider community to come together on Saturday the ... More >>

Councillors' vote could create first smokefree capital

Friday, 15 April 2016, 2:30 pm | ASH

ASH Director, Stephanie Erick, offers emphatic congratulations to Wellington Councillors for voting to extend smokefree areas in public spaces as of May 31, which is World Smokefree Day. More >>

Tobacco tax works – for health and the economy

Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 1:21 pm | ASH

Health groups are calling on the Government to commit to achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal by announcing a new series of tobacco tax increases of 20% per year for at least four years. Emeritus Professor Robert Beaglehole, of Auckland University ... More >>

Tobacco tax increase to spur quit attempts

Thursday, 29 April 2010, 11:53 am | ASH

The Government has announced an increase in the excise tax on tobacco for the first time in a decade. The price of a packet of cigarettes is set to rise significantly over the next 18 months. More >>

UK House of Lords back tobacco display ban

Friday, 8 May 2009, 10:13 am | ASH

Britain’s House of Lords has voted in favour of banning tobacco retail displays, voting overwhelmingly in favour of putting tobacco displays by 204 votes to 110.  Amongst evidence heard by the Lords was research conducted by Action on Smoking ... More >>

Smoking down the house

Friday, 9 May 2008, 4:18 pm | ASH

Recent calculations showing that Australian smokers spend about $A300,000 ($NZ365,365) in their lifetime and figures from the UK showing British smokers spend an average of 102,895 £($NZ260,869) on cigarettes in their lifetime is a timely reminder for ... More >>

New nurse campaign group to help butt out cigs

Sunday, 12 August 2007, 1:03 pm | ASH

New nurse campaign group to help butt out cigarettes Nurses around New Zealand have joined forces to create a smokefree advocacy group in response to findings from a new report into nurses and smoking. The ASH-KAN (Assessment of Smoking History, Knowledge ... More >>

Teen smoking rates halved in less than a decade

Monday, 25 June 2007, 9:54 am | ASH

Figures released by ASH New Zealand show that teen smoking rates have halved in the last 8 years. In 2006, 14.2 percent of Year 10 New Zealand teenagers said they were smokers, down from 28.6 percent in 1999 according to the Year 10 Smoking Survey ... More >>