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

 


Parliament passes historic tobacco excise tax rises


Hon Tariana Turia

Associate Minister of Health


16 October 2012

Media Statement

Parliament passes historic tobacco excise tax rises

The price of cigarettes is now set to rise to over $20 a pack over the next four years, as Parliament this afternoon passed the Government’s promised Budget tobacco excise increases into law.

Associate Health Minister Hon Tariana Turia today welcomed the new legislation which will further drive down smoking rates to save lives and improve health.

Mrs Turia said “smoking continues to be by far New Zealand’s single leading cause of avoidable death and disease, and it is great to have the strong cross-party support for such an important measure.”

“These tobacco excise increases will save lives. They send a strong signal that smoking just isn’t worth it”, Mrs Turia said.

The new law will raise the tobacco excise tax by a series of cumulative 10 per cent increases coming in on 1 January in each of the next four years, 2013-2016. This is expected to lift the price of a typical pack of cigarettes from about $14.30 today to potentially $20 or more per pack in 2016.

“I know that this will hit smokers in the pocket, but I am not prepared to sit back while another generation becomes addicted to smoking. We know that raising the tobacco excise is the most powerful tool we have to stop children taking up smoking and to encourage smokers to quit”, Mrs Turia said.

“And we know those price rises will be even more effective because we are backing them up with a comprehensive tobacco control programme providing better help for smokers to quit.”

This includes cessation support services like the Quitline and treatments like nicotine patches, lozenges and gum, and also prescription medicines to help people quit. All the proven treatments and quit smoking medicines are fully subsidised.

“I am particularly worried by the much higher smoking rates among Māori and Pacific people. My hope is that smokers take the opportunity to contact the Quitline, or one of the other options available including Aukati Kaipaipa and specialist Pacific services, before the next wave of price rises hits next year.”

“The Government’s expectation is that all health-care professionals will also be providing advice to quit smoking as a routine part of their clinical practice. This is one of the Government’s six priority health targets – aiming for 95% of hospitalised smokers and 90% of all smokers seen in general practice to be given the potentially life-saving advice.”

Budget 2012 also provided $20 million over the next four years for a new innovation fund, Pathway to Smoke-Free 2025, for programmes to discourage smoking uptake and help more New Zealanders give up.

“These measures will help improve the health of New Zealanders, reduce the long-term burden on the health system, and contribute to the Government’s goal of making New Zealand smoke-free by 2025,” Mrs Turia said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news