Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Clearing the smoke – a five year plan

27 October 2004

Clearing the smoke – a five year plan

As restaurants, bars and workplaces prepare to go smokefree on December 10, a major report's been released detailing further plans to tackle smoking harm in New Zealand.

Released today by Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor, Clearing the Smoke: A five-year plan for tobacco control in New Zealand (2004-2009) reveals how the Health Ministry will progress tobacco control over the next five years.

It outlines the positive effects of past smokefree initiatives and provides advice on how to propel the nation more rapidly towards a smokefree status.

"The plan's vision is for a New Zealand where smokefree lifestyles are the norm," said Mr O'Connor. "Advancing tobacco control is possibly the most effective way to improve health status and reduce health inequalities in this country."

Clearing the Smoke presents five clear objectives. They are to: prevent smoking initiation promote smoking cessation prevent harm to non-smokers from second-hand smoke improve support for monitoring, surveillance and evaluation improve support and co-ordination for tobacco control activities

It also says there's potential for further regulation to control the promotion and marketing of tobacco products, including possible enhancing of cigarette packet warnings. As well, it emphasizes the need for continued mass media campaigns and school-based education programmes, which have both proved to be effective when combined with other anti-smoking initiatives.

"The health sector's made major progress in delivering smoking cessation programmes, with the Quitline service, heavily subsidised nicotine replacement therapy, and culturally appropriate smoking cessation services for Maori," said Mr O'Connor. "This plan encompasses the continued support and development of these programmes."

The Smoke-free Environments Act, which bans smoking in all indoor work areas, comes into force on December 10. Today's report also reveals strong scientific evidence from local and international studies showing such bans are effective.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

22/2: Earthquake Memorial Service In Christchurch

"The theme of this year's service, 'Keeping their dreams alive" helps us look back at all that we've lost with a sense of hope and aspiration for the future,'' says the Mayor.

"It also helps us to recall all those who came to our rescue and those who offered support at our time of need and what that meant to us."

During the civic memorial service, the names of the 185 people who lost their lives in the earthquake will be read out in the order they appear on the Memorial Wall. More>>


Percieved Transparency: New Zealand #1 Least Corrupt Public Sector In The World

New Zealand's public sector is ranked the least corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally today. More>>


CPTPP Deal: Text And National Interest Analysis Released

“New Zealand has been working hard to see the text made public as quickly as possible,” Mr Parker says... An analysis suggests it could be worth up to $4 billion a year to the New Zealand economy once fully implemented. More>>


Reviews: Three-Year Work Programme For Education

The work programme includes the NCEA review, a review of Tomorrow’s Schools, developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy, a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners, an action plan for learning support, an early learning strategic plan, a comprehensive review of school property. More>>


Kauri Protection: Waitākere Forest Closure Proposed

At the 20 February meeting of the Environment and Community Committee, the council proposed to close the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, with some exceptions, by 1 May 2018. More>>


Accommodation Allowance: PM, Deputy Were Paid While In Official Residences

Department of Internal Affairs officials advised the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister late yesterday of the administrative error which has seen them receive Wellington accommodation payments since they moved into official residences. More>>




Featured InfoPages