COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

08:00pm - 11:00pm
Ed Sheeran

E-cig subsidy could help Maori quitters

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Maori public health organisation Hapai Te Hauora believes subsidising e-cigarettes is a way to help many Maori break their addiction to tobacco.

Tobacco control advocacy service manager Zoe Hawke says she is seeing many Maori who are interested in vaping but can’t afford the high entry price.

She hopes a Ministry of Health review of e-cigarettes and vaping leads to lifting restrictions on the nicotine-containing liquid, which must be bought from overseas via the internet because it can’t be sold here.

That will still leave smokers with a big up-front cost.

"We just need to support people to get the initial tools, to get the e-cigs and then they will save money, especially when you look at the taxes on tobacco. It is making people think about giving up or if it is too hard for them, they are struggling with that extra cost so why not support our community by giving them a tool that will help them to stop," Ms Hawke says.

Patches and gum are already subsidised, so it’s no great leap to subsidise e-cigarettes as part of cessation programmes.


Follow us on p_facebook & p_twitter

Copyright © 2017, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:


TRM Classes
NLC - One More Try - (feat Stanley T) [Official Video]
OPINION: Labour refuse to do anything about racist drug laws
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: An unprecedented coalition of 25 organisations like the New Zealand Medical Association, the Mental Health Foundation, the Public Health Association, the Maori Law Society, the Drug Foundation, Hapai te Hauora, and JustSpeak have called on drug reform citing health and societal issues while pointing out how racist our drug laws are.
OPINION: More Maori men will be found guilty of sexual assault thanks to law change
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: More criticism last week of the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill when the co-President of the Penal Reform League, Lady Heeni Phillips-Williams, warned again that the law changes would see more innocent Maori men found guilty of rape and sexual assault.
OPINION: Maori Party brutally outflanks Kelvin Davis again
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: News last week that the Māori Party are supporting Waikeria Prison protesters in filing civil rights claims against Corrections brutally outflanked the hapless Kelvin Davis once again.





Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

08:00pm - 11:00pm