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

 


UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco

UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco without Delay

In its oral submission to the Health Select Committee today, UNICEF NZ expressed its strong support for the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill as a measure that will help reduce the uptake of smoking, and urged parliament to implement the new law without delay.

“Children need to be protected from tobacco because it is highly addictive and kills 50 percent of its users. With 2,000 children under ten years of age smoking their first cigarette every year, it is imperative that parliament move swiftly to implement plain packaging so that tobacco is less attractive to children and young people,” UNICEF NZ National Advocacy manager, Deborah Morris-Travers told the Select Committee.

“Smoking is associated with at least 39 child morbidity and mortality risks so any effort to deter children from taking up smoking is in the national interest. We know that removing cigarette displays in shops is working to reduce smoking – with the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Year 10 Snapshot Survey showing a decline in smoking from 6.4 percent in 2012, to 3.8 percent in 2013. We expect plain packaging to have a similar impact on smoking rates amongst young people.”

Branded tobacco products – logos, colours and words to describe the product – create an emotional connection to users and also enable tobacco companies to market more attractively to children. Plain packaging would prevent this marketing technique while increasing the prominence of health warnings and is a logical next step in the effort to make Aotearoa New Zealand smoke-free by 2025.

“The Bill is consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires the government to provide ways to protect children from dangerous drugs (Article 33) and to protect children from any activities that could harm their development (Article 36). We applaud the government for its bold leadership towards a smoke-free society and we encourage parliament to pass this law without delay,” concluded Ms Morris-Travers.

-Ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news