News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Thumbs up!

Thursday 24 May, 2012


Thumbs up!

Evidence shows that price increases in tobacco products affect smoking rates, so the Cancer Society is delighted with the budget announcement today, that prices will rise by 10% each year for the next four years.

“We are rapidly moving towards a Smokefree Aotearoa with today’s announcement of a substantial increase on the taxation of tobacco products. We know the rate of smoking is higher amongst more vulnerable populations and they are the ones most sensitive towards price increases,” said Tobacco Control Advisor for the Cancer Society, Skye Kimura.

“Typically tobacco companies target young people, as their regular customers die off at a rate of 5,000 a year. This vulnerable group is less likely to have disposable income so higher prices will make them less likely to start, and more likely to quit, smoking.

“Protecting our children is the guiding principle of the Cancer Society’s tobacco control work. Anything that prevents and protects kids from smoking gets the thumbs up in our book!

“We hope that a percentage of the tax revenue will be put towards more support for people to quit smoking. In fact this budget is very timely, next Thursday is World Smokefree Day – so it is the perfect time to quit for the whānau.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: Robbie Williams – The Heavy Entertainment Tour

The audience – already in a good humoured state of excitement after kareokeing along to the “Robbie Williams National Anthem" (a typical mix of bombast and self deprecatory nonsense) – were up and dancing to Welcome to the Heavy Entertainment tour... More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poet Of Many Parts

The Light and Dark in our Stuff by Mere Taito This small and beautifully presented book is Mere Taito’s inspired/inspiring first collection of poetry. The poems are lively, well crafted, the poet unafraid to call a spade a spade, to present stark differences between black and white. More>>

Stage (Financial) Challenge: Government Steps In

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today pledged to provide new opportunities for children and young people to engage in events that promote music, drama and dance. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: A History Lesson For Silicon Valley

2017 was a turning point for how the world saw Facebook. Last year the social media giant was accused of spreading fake news, rigging the U.S. Election and Brexit vote, and gluing people to their screens... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland