Report says young people smoking less but adults need easier access to e-cigarettes

A report by a Kiwi thinktank has found that while the uptake of tobacco smoking in young people has declined considerably, there are still few ways for adults to kick the habit.

Janesa Jeram of The New Zealand Initiative, speaking this morning to TVNZ 1's Breakfast programme, said the government's announcement last week that they would legalise tobacco alternative products like nicotine-bearing vape liquids was encouraging.

"Nicotine by itself is not an overly harmful substance, say on par with coffee," Ms Jeram said.

Quitline CEO Andrew Slater says 'vaping' is an effective tool for quitting smoking Source: Breakfast

"I think [non-combustion products] are a better alternative to cigarettes.

"Up until very recently there's been a regulatory grey area."

Her report suggested that while young people in New Zealand are steering away from smoking cigarettes, the number of avenues available to adults who wish to quit smoking is not on par with other countries.

Ms Jeram said New Zealand's target of becoming smoke-free by 2025 would be much more within grasp when non-combustion products were fully legalised.

The NZ Initiative’s members include British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, and Philip Morris (NZ).

Ms Jeram says all of the Initiative’s reports are independent and she "can give 100 per cent assurance the final report is independent".

Janesa Jeram of The New Zealand Initiative says a new report shows adults still lack multiple means of quitting smoking. Source: Breakfast



Harvey Weinstein's wife breaks her silence, says she 'weeps' for couple's children

Harvey Weinstein's ex-wife, designer Georgina Chapman, is speaking out in a tearful interview in Vogue magazine.

She says she never knew of her husband's alleged misconduct, and weeps for their two small children.

Chapman says she thought she had been in a happy marriage, but was "clearly, so naive."

"I was so humiliated and so broken...that...I, I, I...didn't think it was respectful to go out," she said.

"I thought, 'Who am I to be parading around with all of this going on?' It's still so very, very raw. I was walking up the stairs the other day and I stopped; it was like all the air had been punched out of my lungs."

After the news broke of Weinsteins conduct towards numerous actresses and women in Hollywood circles, Ms Chapman said she was in utter disbelief, because he was never like that at home.

"My head was spinning. And it was difficult because the first article was about a time long before I'd ever met him, so there was a minute where I couldn't make an informed decision," she said.

"And then the stories expanded and I realized that this wasn't an isolated incident. And I knew that I needed to step away and take the kids out of here."

Earlier this week, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour came out in support of Chapman on Stephen Colbert's late-night show.

And on Monday, Scarlett Johansson wore a gown by Chapman's fashion line Marchesa at the Met Gala, which Wintour presides over.

Wintour is seen as the most influential arbiter of American fashion.

She also writes an editor's letter in Vogue in which she says it's wrong to blame Chapman, who should instead be receiving compassion and understanding.

Harvey Weinstein and Estranged wife Georgina Chapman, before the #MeToo revelations.
Harvey Weinstein and Estranged wife Georgina Chapman, before the #MeToo revelations. Source: Associated Press


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Breakfast's Matty McLean assisted by sign language interpreter as he forecasts wet and wild weekend for some

This morning TVNZ 1 Breakfast weather presenter Matty McLean delivered the forecast alongside his friend Kelly, who interpreted the report in New Zealand Sign Language. 

It is currently New Zealand Sign Language week. 

"Things have taken a bit of a turn as we round out the working week, as a rain band pushes on to the country from the west," Matty said and Kelly signed. 

There is a severe weather warning from MetService for heavy rain in the Westland area, south of Hokitika from 6am to 11pm today. 

About 80 to 120mm is expected around the ranges. 

Heavy rain could also hit Nelson and Mt Taranaki areas. 

Check the forecast in your region on the 1 NEWS NOW weather page

Weather presenter Matty McLean brought along his friend Kelly to interpret the weather. Source: Breakfast