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General Article: Plain packaging of Tobacco Products Proposed – 3 June 2016 (18/2016)

General Article: Plain packaging of Tobacco Products Proposed – 3 June 2016 (18/2016)

 

  1. On Tuesday the Associate Minister of Health, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, released draft regulations and a consultation document which aims to standardise the look of cigarette packets.  This release coincided with ‘World Smokefree Day’, and the regulations are those associated with the Smokefree Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill, which the Government intends to pass into law later this year.  In this information release Mr Lotu-liga also positively notes that raising tax on tobacco products is an effective measure for reducing smoking levels. However, a Māori health researcher, Dr Marewa Glover, has publicly opined that increased taxation has not reduced Māori smoking levels, and is instead a punitive ‘bash’ for Māori smokers.  (Circa one third of the Māori adult population is said to consume tobacco products on a regular basis, leading to circa 600 Māori premature deaths per year.)   Consultation on plain packaging matters is open until 29 July;

    http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/standardised-tobacco-products-and-packaging-draft-regulations

     

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