Parliament

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

 

Speech - Delamere: Opening Youth Smoking Symposium

Speech: Opening of Smokefree Coalition's Youth Smoking symposium

Hon Tuariki Delamere, Associate Minister of Health
Thursday, 15 July 1999
Embargoed to 8.45am
Turnbull House, Wellington

Kia ora, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for inviting me to open this symposium - yet another forum this week for promoting the smokefree concept to New Zealanders, especially young New Zealanders.

As you are doubtless aware, I was proud earlier this week to launch the National Smoking Cessation Mass Communications Campaign.

For the next three years, a series of consistent, in-your-face, messages will be broadcast and printed in mass and specialist media.

I had hoped that the Member's bill being promoted by Tukuroirangi Morgan, the MP for Te Tai Hauauru, would have been debated in Parliament this week, but its time has yet to come.

His Bill, which seeks to strengthen the Smokefree Environments Act by extending the bans on smoking into educational premises, is particularly relevant to this symposium.

If we can get the smoking plague out of our schools, our polytechnics and our universities, we will go a great deal along the way towards greatly improving the health of this nation.

This week has been a great week for showing that you can demonstrate anything with statistics.

As you are aware, the Coalition came out with a survey this week about youth smoking statistics and expressed great alarm about the depressing picture they revealed of rising tobacco consumption amongst teenagers.

Yet the Ministry of Health looked at the same survey and expressed great satisfaction at the decline in the rate of consumption.

Which is right?

It seemed to me that the Coalition was reacting to a rising trend from 1992 to 1997, while the Ministry focused on the trend from 1997 to 1998 which showed the rate declining.

I don't want to get into that debate because I think it takes our attention away from the real aim. If we spend our time fretting over graphs, we are not combating the constant efforts of the tobacco companies to spread their pernicious products among our young people.

In recent times, we have seen the rise of sponsored prominent shelving in corner dairies with massive packs of cigarettes, designed to shove cigarettes in the faces of all the customers, including youngsters.

We have seen the importing of lollies, shaped like cigarettes, packaged like cigarettes and intended for nothing more than getting our children used to smoking.

There is the real battlefield. I urge you to focus on that.

Ladies and gentlemen, I see you have a busy schedule today so I won't detain you longer.

Best wishes for your symposium. I wish you well in your endeavours.

I am happy to declare this symposium open.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On NZ’s Complicity In Western Sahara

If David Parker really wants to hone his crisis-managing chops on an international trade dispute that New Zealand has been making worse for years, he maybe should be turning his attention to the Western Sahara.

Some background: two NZ companies called Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients appear to be the only independent firms in the world still willing to import phosphate from the disputed territory of the Western Sahara... More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral with Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting to launch into matters of genuine substance. More>>

ALSO:

Withdrawls After Police Uniform Ban: Auckland Pride Remains Committed

The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating their gender and sexual identity, despite some institutions pulling out from the Parade in recent days. More>>

ALSO:

South Korea: State Visit By Korean President Moon Jae-In

The President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in will visit New Zealand from 2 to 4 December... “I am very much looking forward to welcoming President Moon to New Zealand,” said Jacinda Ardern. More>>

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels