Support for Plain Packaged Cigarettes

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Moving to plain packaging for tobacco is another important step towards New Zealand becoming smoke free by 2025 says Coromandel MP Scott Simpson. “I welcome the move to standardise cigarette packaging. “

“It will mean fewer young people take up smoking and I’m all for that. “

Half of all long term smokers die from smoking-related causes which translates into 12 New Zealanders dying prematurely every day from smoking related illnesses. “Each of these deaths is preventable” said Scott Simpson.

“The proposal for plain packaging actually means there will be very clear and standardised mandatory health warnings covering at least 75 per cent of the front of the packs and the removal of all tobacco imagery designed to glamorise tobacco” said Scott Simpson.

The Smokefree Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill still needs to be passed in to law. While the Government has a busy legislative schedule it is expected the Bill will be passed by Parliament this year.