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Offenders sought after three burglaries in South Canterbury

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 - 11:00

Police are investigating three burglaries in rural South Canterbury during the early hours of Sunday morning 18 February.

"At around 3am the Cave store was broken into.

Then at 3.40am the Fairlie BP2GO service station was the next target.

Monthly Inflation Gauge: Up in smoke

Monday, 12 February, 2018 - 13:01

Prices in the ANZ Monthly Inflation Gauge lifted 0.8% m/m in January, the highest monthly rise in three years. Prices are up 3.1% y/y.

NZ govt prefers taxing cigarettes over saving lives - NZTU

Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - 14:46

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says the UK’s approach to e-cigarettes shows how New Zealand is dragging the chain.

Attachment to cigarettes a barrier in the switch to vaping

Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - 09:56

A New Zealand study has found that some people still find quitting smoking difficult, even when vaping is offered as a smoking cessation intervention. The Otago University study involved in-depth interviews with 20 vapers who still smoked traditional cigarettes regularly, in addition to vaping.

Research suggests switching to vaping not always straightforward

Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - 09:01

Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.

Govt fails to protect tobacco retailers, punishes poor - ACT

Thursday, 1 February, 2018 - 14:49

"The Government has continued the Nats’ weak approach to protecting tobacco retailers," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"The Government collects $1.7 billion per year in tobacco tax itself, and $1.9 billion when GST is included. This amount is forecast to grow to $2.2 billion by 2021.

Stopping smoking key reason for e-cigarette use

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 17:36

New research has been released which shows that vaping in New Zealand is a popular alternative for those wanting to quit smoking tobacco. A recent survey on vapers was conducted by Dr Penny Truman and colleagues at Massey University.

Finance committee should embrace honest fiscal policy - NZTU

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 11:13

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union today briefed MPs on Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee on issues of fiscal drag and tobacco excise tax.

Fiscal drag:

Survey finds stopping smoking the main reason for vaping

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 09:12

A recent survey of vapers found the majority started smoking e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking. More than 200 people from across New Zealand took part in the online survey in 2016, led by Dr Penny Truman from Massey University’s School of Health Sciences.

Tobacco companies 'resist excise tax increase'

Friday, 26 January, 2018 - 14:26

The excise tax on tobacco products increased on January 1 2018, but the increase hasn't been passed on to all retail products.