August 21, 2019
Glover evidence counter to tobacco car ban push
Tobacco researcher Marewa Glover has upset advocates of a proposed law banning smoking in cars with her claims the law is discriminatory.
Dr Glover told the health select committee yesterday that as 38 percent of Māori women smoke compared to just 12 percent of Pākehā women, they're more likely to be stopped and fined.
The next witness from the Public Health Association questioned her submission on the basis her Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking took funding from Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, which is funded by tobacco giant Philip Morris International.
Dr Glover says the car smoking ban will use up resources which could go to interventions that are known to work.
"Te Taitokerau District Health Board had a smokefree cars campaign. They worked with Plunket to make sure all the car seats being hired out, that people got support to make their cars somokefree. That seems to have been very effective. Why not roll that out around the country?" she says.
Giving people retail vouchers if they come in for smoking cessation support and helping people switch to vaping had also proved effective.
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