June 01, 2021
Smokefree plan needs total action
Health Coalition Aotearoa’s smokefree expert panel says there is no one magic bullet to keep communities safe from smoking, but the combination of measures in the Government’s proposed Government’s Smokefree 2025 Action Plan is the right approach.
Spokesperson Andrew Waa says for too long smoke-free interventions have been done in isolation, which is why so many rangatahi are still taking up smoking and risking their health.
He says the Government needs to implement the full package, including restricting retail availability, introducing a licensing system for retailers, minimum pricing, reducing nicotine levels, and increased evidence-based quitting marketing campaigns and services.
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