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HEALTH SELECT COMMITTEE
January ?, 2011
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RE: Smokefree Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill
Huna i te huna a te Moa
A pepeha to show contempt for a poor effort at concealment
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The current laws and restrictions governing tobacco retail displays are like the efforts of the Moa to
hide from hunters in days when they were plentiful. Due to their size, elaborate colouring and sheer
numbers, they are easily seen. Let us hope tobacco retail displays future mirrors the fate of the Moa.
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Firstly to acknowledge the Honourable Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia and the Health
Select Committee, for initiating this kōrero to change legislation regarding the retail display of a
product that is responsible for the deaths of over 600 Māori mothers, fathers, koroua, kuia, uncles,
aunties, nephews, nieces, sons and daughters each and every year.
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Tobacco and therefore the industry that produces, packages and profits from it, is responsible for a
modestly estimated 4,500 deaths in Aotearoa each year. At least 600 of those deaths are whānau
Tobacco retail displays entice young non-smokers to their product. The manipulation of nicotine levels
(the addictive substance) creates self-fulfilling physical addiction and the retail displays serve once
more as an effective visual stimulant to keep smokers, even those who wish to quit, aware of their
presence and ease of access to obtain it.
Tobacco retail displays are especially prevalent in areas of low economic status with high Māori and
Pacific populations. Deliberately!
For those reasons above, and many others shared during the MASC inquiry into the tobacco industry,
this submission fully supports the following amendments to:
Retail Displays: Prohibit the display of tobacco products in retail and other sales outlets and
the Committee should consider a shorter transition time to remove tobacco displays. No more
than 12 months.
Tobacco Trading Names: Prohibit the display, on the exterior of retail premises, of retailers’
names that have the effect of advertising the availability of cheap, affordable and discounted
tobacco. The restrictions regarding trading names should not be limited to stated terms
including, ‘discount’ ‘cheap smokes’ etc but should be at the discretion of the Director General
of Health. The enforcement of prohibitions on distribution or supply of tobacco products free
of charge or at a reduced charge
Trade Rebates: Prohibit reward, rebate and incentive schemes between retailers/sales
outlets and the tobacco industry with a robust definition of ‘incentive’ included in the Act. The
Bill should clarify the definition of ‘incentives’ as part of removing the existing clause that
allows ‘standard trade rebates’ to remove other forms of benefits for retailers for selling
Infringement scheme: Notices and fines for breaches of the Act should not be limited to
sales to minors, but must include all breaches of the Smoke-free Environments Act not just
the provision relating to sales to minors.
Any other recommendations you have that are not in the bill or recommendations from the
MASC select committee report.
A copy of this Smokefree Environment (Controls & Enforcement) Amendments Bill is
available to view at:
This submission supports the above amendments in recognition they form a first step of the
recommended pathway to a Smokefree Aotearoa, tabled by the Māori Affairs Select Committee
Report and supported by an overwhelming public demand for increased tobacco control.
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Nāku iti noa nā / Nāku noa nā / Mauri ora / Yours sincerely (end how you would like to end)
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