June 22, 2022
Checks coming on tobacco sales
National Māori public health organisation Hāpai Te Hauora says the Smoke-free Environments Bill is a major step towards the goal of Smokefree Aotearoa 2025.
The bill, which had its first reading yesterday, significantly limits the number of retailers able to sell smoked tobacco products; aims to prevent young people from taking up smoking by prohibiting the sale of smoked tobacco products to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009; and aims to make smoked tobacco products less appealing and addictive.
Hāpai chief executive Selah Hart says lowering nicotine levels will reduce the addictiveness of smoked tobacco and make it less appealing.