Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Select Committee Given Strong Opposition to Plain Packaging

media release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Select Committee Presented with Strong Opposition to Plain Packaging

The Select Committee on tobacco plain packaging heard strong opposition from New Zealand’s largest tobacco company, British American Tobacco New Zealand (BATNZ), when it appeared before the Committee in Auckland today.

Steve Rush, BATNZ General Manager, outlined the reasons that the company opposed the Bill. “It’s clear from what’s occurred in Australia that plain packaging simply won’t work to reduce tobacco consumption but it would unlawfully remove intellectual property, breach NZ’s international trade obligations and severely restrict our ability to compete for existing adult consumers,” said Mr Rush.

“Australia is being challenged by five countries at the WTO and is also facing a separate bi-lateral investment treaty claim. New Zealand cannot, on the one hand ignore its obligations under international trade treaties, while, on the other hand, seek the protection of those same treaties to protect its interests overseas.

“In Australia, plain packaging hasn’t reduced smoking rates or uptake and since it was introduced the long-term decline in industry volumes has halted while illegal tobacco has reached a record high. Seventeen months ago this was a risky experiment. Now it is just failed policy.”

Mr Rush also presented the Committee with less trade restrictive alternatives for the Government to consider, including removing the personal use exemption for homegrown tobacco.

“This is a legal anomaly that allows adults to grow unlimited amounts of tobacco and manufacture the equivalent of around 80 cigarettes a day for personal use. This is an unregulated supply of tobacco which undermines the Government’s health objectives, is clearly open to abuse and should be stopped.

“If the Government is serious about reducing smoking then it should consider alternatives that will work such as removing the personal use exemption for homegrown tobacco and making it an offence to supply tobacco to a minor. This would be effective rather than plain packaging which would be a symbolic measure, but one that would ultimately have damaging, unintended consequences for New Zealand businesses and trade” said Mr Rush.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Future Brighter Money: RBNZ Releases New Bank Note Designs

New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year. More>>

ALSO:

Commerce: Supermarket Inquiry Finds No Breaches By Countdown

The Commerce Commission inquiry into anti-competitive behaviour by Countdown supermarkets, alleged by former Labour Party MP Shane Jones, has found nothing to warrant prosecution, although it warns supermarkets to take care in the way they communicate... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: English Flags ‘Challenge’ To Budget Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning next month’s half yearly fiscal and economic update from the Treasury may not forecast a budget surplus, saying that returning the government’s accounts to surplus in 2015 will be “a challenge”, given the decline in commodity prices and weak global inflation. More>>

ALSO:

March 2015: Netflix To Launch In Australia And New Zealand

World’s Leading Internet Television Network to Offer Original Series, Movies, Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials and TV Shows for Low Monthly Price More>>

ALSO:

Price Of Cheese (Is Up): Dairy Product Prices Fall To Five-Year Low

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction to the lowest level in more than five years, led by declines in rennet casein and skim milk powder. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Australians Scoring Trade Points Against Us With The Chinese

It hasn’t been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser... To top it off, Australia has just signed a FTA with China that has far better provisions on dairy exports than what New Zealand currently enjoys in our own FTA with China. More>>

ALSO:

Iwi & Local Consultation: Oil And Gas Block Offer 2015 Begins

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the start of the Block Offer 2015 process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits. More>>

Industrial Action: Stats NZ Throwing Public Money Away Duplicating Data

The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ are throwing money away by collecting the same data twice for official statistics such as the Consumer Price Index... As part of the ongoing industrial action, field interviewers who are PSA members are continuing to collect data, but are not sending it through to Statistics NZ. More>>

ALSO:

Other Stats:

Space: Rosetta's 'Philae' Makes Historic First Landing On A Comet

After more than a decade traveling through space, a robotic lander built by the European Space Agency has made the first-ever soft landing of a spacecraft on a comet. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news