February 10, 2023
Tobacco sellers callous says Maori health advocate
Maori public health agency Hapai Te Hauora has slammed the response of retailers to new regulations which will reduce the availability, appeal and addictiveness of tobacco products.
Retailers’ advocates say more time is needed to prepare for the financial consequences, and they will experience significant hardship if the regulations are introduced.
Hapai chief executive Selah Hart says that’s an insincere and callous position given the deaths of 500 whānau a year to tobacco related disease..
She says retailers have had a decade to prepare for the changes, but they continue to prioritise profit over health.
The Health Ministry’s Public Health Agency is currently consulting with Māori on the proposed changes.