Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable deaths in New Zealand and remains an underlying health issue for Māori. Today marks World Smokefree Day, with 490,000 New Zealands still smoking daily the question is in 2025 will the country become smokefree.
Yesterday a journalist from 1 NEWS published statistics reflecting the sharp decline in tobacco sales since 2016. This information was released to 1 NEWS under the Official Information Act and it is welcome news to the National Tobacco Control Advocacy Coordination Service at Hāpai te Hauora.
In a first for a Gull petrol station, Kaukapakapa branch owner, Brett Peachy, has today pledged that tobacco will no longer be sold at his petrol station.
Tobacco is four times more available in low-income communities compared to affluent ones, says a Māori health organisation.
Hāpai Te Hauora said increasing the tax on tobacco was good but reducing where it was sold would be more beneficial to Māori.
However, one researcher disputed that and said the best thing for Māori was to scrap the tax hike altogether.
Hapai Te Hauora spokesperson Mihi Blair said there was a stark difference in how much tobacco was available in different parts of Auckland.
This week the Ministry of Health is taking tobacco giant Philip Morris to court. The Ministry of Health has laid charges against the New Zealand subsidiary of the multinational tobacco company relating to the importation and selling of its tobacco sticks known as HEETS.