Award for smoking cessation 'achievements'

University of Otago research group Aspire 2025 has won an award from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand for its ``exemplary efforts and achievements'' in the field of smoking cessation and tobacco control.

Aspire 2025 co-director Prof Richard Edwards accepted the Thoracic Society's President's Award at the society's annual conference on Australia's Gold Coast this week.

Group co-director Prof Janet Hoek said the group's success illustrated the power of multi-disciplinary mixed-methods research.

The Otago-led research allowed researchers to offer ``crucial new insights'' into the impact policy measures had, or could have. The group aims to help New Zealand become smokefree by 2025.

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