August 05, 2013
Māori Party wants cut in duty free cigarettes
The days of coming through customs with bags bulging full of duty free smokes will soon be over if the Māori Party has its way.
The party wants the allowance cut from 200 to 50 cigarettes as part of the country’s wider plan to become smokefree by 2025.
Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says he’s sick of going to tangi for relatively young people who died of smoking-related disease.
"You can’t have it both ways, to be crying your heart out for those children and families that miss their parents because of cancer, and on the other hand continue to support smoking, which is a major contributor to it. We've stated our case from the start. We're all about social hazards and making sure we can do the best we can to keep our people on this earth for as long as possible," he says.
Mr Flavell says that’s why the Māori Party has also made stands against alcohol and gambling.
Copyright © 2013, UMA Broadcasting Ltd