Monday briefs – 11 February 2019

Your weekly health news round-up from a variety of trusted sources

Vaping effective way to quit smoking

A new study has found vaping is nearly twice as effective as traditional methods to help people stop smoking. Read more

Smoking to be banned in cars with children

Smoking will be banned in cars when children under 18 are present minister, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa has announced. Read more

70,000 free first aid kits

Seventy thousand free first aid kits will be handed out to West Auckland households to equip residents to deal with accidents around the home. Read more

Devices making eyesight worse

An increase in the use of digital devices is negatively impacting on the eyesight of many people as they enter their middle years. Read more

Renting linked to poorer health

Older Kiwis who are in rental homes have reported having poorer physical and mental health than non-renters. Read more

Australia has worst melanoma rates in the world

Australia has overtaken New Zealand as the country with the world’s worst melanoma rates; but, the prevalence of melanoma in both countries remains "way worse than the rest of the world". Read more