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QUICK 101 ON TOBACCO CONTROL IN NZ

This video has become a smokefree ‘101’ lesson. If you are new to tobacco control (or want a refresher!) then watch this interview (link below). Professor Richard Edwards,Co-Director of ASPIRE2025, discusses policy initiatives that have worked so far; tax, removal of POS, limiting duty-free, smokefree prisons.

Background
This video has become a smokefree ‘101’ lesson. If you are new to tobacco control (or want a refresher!) then watch this interview. Richard discusses policy initiatives that have worked so far; tax, removal of POS, limiting duty-free, smokefree prisons.

Plain packaging
Since this video the Government has announced that plain packs is advancing. The Ministry of Health (MoH) is currently in the consultation phase for Plain packaging of tobacco products with submissions due by 31 July 2016.
 

Tobacco tax
Richard says four or five years of scheduled tobacco tax increases needed. This has since been announced as 10% increases over the next four years. Richard discusses the economic advantages and disadvantages, and recommends additional tobacco tax revenue is directed to assist lower socioeconomic communities to stop smoking.

Smokefree 2025 goal
Richard outlines the background to how the smokefree 2025 goal came about via the Māori Affairs Select Committee's report on the tobacco industry in Aotearoa and the consequences of tobacco use for Māori. Richard says what the definition of what ‘smokefree’ could look like (under 5% smoking rate). There is a discussion of inequalities, including Māori and Pacific smoking rates.

Smokefree Plan
Richard outlines that currently there is no strategy to achieve the smokefree goal. Notes that a Government strategy is currently being developed.
 

Click here - It’s well worth the watch.