Source: Beehive 9 September 2016
The Bill standardising the packaging of tobacco products has
passed its third reading in Parliament today.
Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga guided the
Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Standardised Packaging) Amendment
Bill through its final reading with a vote of 108 in favour to 13
"Around 13 people died prematurely every day from smoking
related illnesses. That is nearly 5,000 people each year. We want
smokers to quit and we want to stop other people from ever
starting," Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
"Standardised packaging will make a measureable difference to
smoking rates in New Zealand, just as it has done in Australia. It
will make a difference to families and communities who see every
day the harm smoking causes."
"The bland packs will maximise the impact of health warnings and
cut out any false impression that smoking is cool or
Mr Lotu-Iiga says the passing of this legislation sends a clear
message that the government is serious about ending the unnecessary
deaths from tobacco use.
"Standardised packaging, along with the existing suite of
tobacco control measures and quit smoking services, is a logical
next step towards the Smokefree 2025 goal."
Under standardised packaging all cigarettes and other tobacco
products will be in brown/green coloured packaging, with enlarged
health warnings and tobacco company marketing imagery removed.
Regulations, which are needed for the law to come in to force,
are currently under development following a public consultation
that closed at the end of July.