This study is being undertaken by researchers at the University of Auckland and Wake Forest University School of Medicine in USA.
Professor Chris Bullen is the lead investigator of this study in New Zealand.
Professor Bullen is a health researcher based at a research centre called the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), in the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
Professor Eric Donny, Wake Forest University School of Medicine USA, is a researcher with a special interest in evaluating new nicotine standards for cigarettes and has obtained a grant from the National Institute for Health (NIH) to complete this study.
For this study we will establish a panel of people who smoke to follow over time as the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan is put in place. When we use the word "panel" this means we are inviting you to be part of a large group of people who provide their opinions via online surveys. We want to understand their views around smoking tobacco cigarettes as the NZ government plans to change its policies around tobacco. We will gather the views of people who take part through a series of short online surveys and for participants who are willing, an additional one to one telephone interview and/or an in person visit.
The findings from this study will be used to inform the New Zealand government’s tobacco policy processes, the US Food and Drug Administration’s Comprehensive Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Regulations and help plan for a new study around the impact of low nicotine tobacco in New Zealand
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