Central Otago smokefree plan has merit

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said a 10-year smoke-free plan for the Central Otago district had huge merit and she supported the proposal.

“The option is hugely positive and fits well with the Government’s goal of a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025.

“The Government is determined to reduce the horrendous burden of death and disease caused by smoking.

“Smoking kills an estimated 5000 people in New Zealand every year, and smoking-related diseases are a significant opportunity cost to the health sector.

“The Ministry of Health has determined a Smokefree NZ will be achieved by protecting children from exposure to tobacco marketing and promotion, reducing the supply of, and demand for tobacco, and providing the best possible support for quitting.

“I understand the plan for Central Otago would involve gradually banning smoking in certain areas in Central Otago over the next 10 years.

“I think this has real potential. It is an innovative proposal which would set Central Otago apart and would be beneficial to the health of the entire community.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru