He aha te tatangia? | What’s it all about?
In 1990, the Smoke-free Environments Act made the sale of single cigarettes illegal, with cigarettes only being sold in packs of 20 or more. This is an important strategy to prevent our rangatahi from starting smoking, as buying a 20-pack is prohibitively expensive for most young people. However, some dairies have been breaching these rules by selling singles, which makes cigarettes more accessible to our whānau, especially rangatahi.
Ētahi Tatauranga | Some stats
- Since inhaling their first cigarette, 10% of rangatahi are addicted within two days, and 25% within one month
- Most smokers tried their first cigarette at age 14
- Smoking is responsible for 5,000 deaths per year in Aotearoa
- Tobacco costs our health system approximately $1.7billion annually
Pūmanawā take | Potential concerns
- Selling singles at $1-$2 each makes cigarettes affordable and therefore more accessible for whānau
- Purchasing single cigarettes may be a gateway to further addiction
- Lack of regulation means that unbranded cigarettes may be sold, with no way for purchasers to know what ingredients they contain
- There are no ID checks for purchase, making it easier for rangatahi to purchase
Ngā mahi kei te otihia| What we’re doing
Hāpai, in partnership with ARPHS (Auckland Regional Public Health Service), is investigating and reporting dairies that illegally sell single cigarettes. These vendors could face fines of up to $5000 for breaching these, or other rules of the Smoke-free Environments Act (1990).
Hei whakaaro mou | What you can do
Whakātūhia te mokotawhā | Report a breach
We are asking our communities to take action by reporting any dairies they know to be breaching these rules. You can do so on the web form here.
We have some opportunities for whānau to participate in this project. If you’d like to be involved please complete the online form below. You’ll receive support and training on this kaupapa.
Wāhanga iti | More Details
The Act also stipulates that:
- Tobacco products cannot be visible to the public from either inside or outside the premises.
- Tobacco products lists are the only way retailers can communicate the product they stock.
- Product pricing can only be large enough for retailers to see, not the public.
- If retailers wish to advertise that they stock tobacco, the only advertisement they may use is a “Tobacco available here” sign, accompanied by a graphic warning.