Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Plain packaging – Caring for our Children


MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 25 February 2013

Plain packaging – Caring for our Children


Tala Pasifika congratulates the Government for making the decision to bring in plain packaging. It indicates the commitment of our government for better health outcomes by placing the necessary steps to reaching a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025. “This is the kind of leadership New Zealand needs to ensure future generations live more healthy fulfulling lives” says Tala Pasifika Programme Manager Stephanie Erick. “It will see New Zealand standing with Australia against big tobacco, and will finally remove the tobacco industry’s important point of advertising in making smoking appear necessary and ‘cool’ to our children.”

Dr Colin Tukuitonga Director of The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Public Health Division says “This is fantastic and congratulates the efforts that have contributed to this decision”. SPC provides services to 22 Pacific Island states and at 66 years old is the premier regional organisation in the Pacific. The Public Health Division that Dr Tukuitonga leads is one of 7 programmes.

“The decision for plain packaging sets a tone and aspiration for smaller islands” says Dr Tukuitonga.

K’Aute Pasifika Director Peta Karalus said plain packaging could reduce smoking prevalence rates by encouraging smokers to quit and young people to think twice before taking a puff. K’Aute Pasifika Trust targets Pasifika communities in the Waikato region. The trust’s objectives include providing services and information in the areas of health, housing, employment, other social services, justice, immigration, and education. “Think about the money our families could be saving or spending on more useful items. Think about how the health system can potentially save nearly $2 billion that could be reinvested in our children and their future. This would signal to our communities that the health of today’s families and especially our children is far more important than the financial interests of overseas tobacco companies.” Says Mrs Karalus.

Statistics NZ says that overall, smoking rates among young people have declined. However, the Youth 2007 Survey found that twice as many Pacific students are regular smokers compared with European students.

2011 ASH Year 10 Survey results showed that Pacific students had the smallest decline in daily smoking rates from 2010 to 2011.

In the interest of protecting New Zealanders and our future generations from damage as a result of tobacco use, Tala Pasifika on behalf of Pacific communities and Pacific Tobacco Control services in NZ support urgent action for legislation to make plain packaging a reality.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news