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Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function - research

Monday, 18 May, 2020 - 08:59

Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease -sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ - in heavy cannabis users.

Government to close tobacco tax loophole

Friday, 15 May, 2020 - 13:09

The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa.

Good news tobacco tax not hiked again - AVCA

Thursday, 14 May, 2020 - 15:14

"It’s good news the Minister of Finance didn’t use this Budget to hike tobacco tax, as has been the case for the past four years," says Nancy Loucas, Director of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA).

Traditional shoppers not going anywhere - Vapo

Thursday, 14 May, 2020 - 09:48

"Having a ‘bricks and mortar’ presence will remain critical as people love to interact with retail staff, see product, and seek advice," says Ben Pryor, Co-owner of Vapo and Alt New Zealand - the largest Kiwi-owned vape company.

Social media marketing of alcohol, tobacco and vaping to be examined - Massey

Thursday, 14 May, 2020 - 00:01

New funding announced today by the New Zealand’s Health Research Council will see the University lead a two-year investigation into the extent and practices involved in using social media influencers to promote unhealthy products to youth.

Select committee now gets vape flavours - VTANZ

Sunday, 10 May, 2020 - 11:07

"The Health Select Committee now better understands the importance of vape flavours in helping Kiwis quit smoking.

Alcohol industry doesn't want you to know that alcohol causes cancer - research

Thursday, 7 May, 2020 - 08:54

The latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, one of the top journals in the international substance use field, runs a series of papers from several ground-breaking research studies conducted over the past three years.

New UC study finds heavy cannabis use affects human genome

Wednesday, 6 May, 2020 - 11:28

Heavy cannabis use has an impact on human DNA but the effect is stronger in people who smoke tobacco as well, according to new University of Canterbury (UC) research.

Lockdown sees vape ‘starter kit’ sales up 30%

Tuesday, 5 May, 2020 - 10:11

The largest Kiwi-owned vape company says its R18 online sales for vape starter kits and entry-level devices have grown by a staggering 30% since the country’s Covid-19 Level 3 and 4 lockdowns came into force.

'Proposed Cannabis Bill an opportunity to exemplify equity based law in NZ'

Monday, 4 May, 2020 - 15:35

On the 1st of May the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill was released by Justice Minister Andrew Little. This is the final version of the proposed legislation which will be put to voters at the 2020 general election in the form of a referendum.