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E-cigarette advocates want New Zealand to follow the example of the UK in offering free e-cigarette kits


On May 19, according to New Zealand media reports, a group of New Zealand anti cigarette advocates hope that the government's 2021 budget will adopt the UK's free e-cigarette program to strengthen the established smoking cessation program.

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The NHS is experimenting with a scheme that will provide free e-cigarette entry kits and instructions for some smokers entering the emergency room, which will be combined with continuous support to quit smoking.

In a recent statement, Nancy loucas, CO director of Aotearoa vapers community advocacy organization (avca), said: 'our government is now determined to get smoke-free 2025 back on track. The budget day on May 20 is the first opportunity to put money in. Our district health committees and Maori health organizations have had great success in turning smokers into smokers. The government should support them more now.

The public health agency of England has been supporting e-cigarettes and has concluded that they are 95% less harmful than smoking.

Recently, a new Cochrane review highlights the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in reducing global smoking rates.

Based in the UK, Cochrane is an independent network of health professionals and researchers from 130 countries.

A statement said its strategic goal is to place Cochrane evidence at the heart of health decision-making around the world, representing the gold standard for high-quality, reliable health information.

Cochrane researchers conducted a study of 56 international studies, titled "e-cigarettes for quitting smoking (review)", involving 12804 adults who smoked. The study concluded that e-cigarettes could increase the number of people who quit smoking compared to other forms of nicotine replacement therapy, such as chewing gum and patches.

Just as a study led by Georgetown University, published in the journal population health indicators, concluded that nicotine e-cigarettes could help prevent 1.8 million premature deaths in the United States.

Health officials in the UK believe that after switching to e-cigarettes, thousands of Britons stop smoking every year. In fact, the latest Phe estimates show that in England alone, about 2.7 million adults now use e-cigarettes, compared with nearly 7 million smokers.

Avca says what has happened in the UK over the past decade is really impressive. This is one of the questions that our government needs to investigate, whether it really wants to restart New Zealand's ambition to achieve smoke-free 2011 by 2025.

Avca encourages new Zealanders to review and submit the government's discussion paper by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 31 May 2021.

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