Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

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


Ratification of Framework Convention on Tobacco

Ratification of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control a step closer

Associate Health Minister Damien O’Connor says the Government will continually improve tobacco control as it moves towards ratifying the World Health Organization-sponsored Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

New Zealand needs to increase the size of health warnings on tobacco products within three years of ratification to comply with the FCTC, and the Cabinet has asked health officials to review health warnings on tobacco products, including the size of warnings, pictorial warnings, and the use of terms that may be misleading.

"We are already a world-leader in tobacco control. The FCTC will strengthen our commitment. It is a major global public health agreement aimed at significantly reducing tobacco-related death and disease. We all support that, " says Mr O’Connor.

“New Zealand already meets almost all packaging and labelling minimum requirements under Article 11 of the FCTC through the Smoke-Free Environments Act 1990 and Smoke-Free Environments Regulations 1999, but the FCTC requires health warnings and messages to cover no less than 30 percent of the principal display areas of tobacco packets, and ideally 50 percent or more.

“Warnings on many products here nearly meet the minimum 30 percent level, but ratification will commit the government to ensure that all products meet this minimum level within three years. The wider review will allow us to determine the optimal warnings and other information for display on all tobacco products.”

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

Mr O’Connor says it is possible even larger warnings may be warranted. “Some countries, like Canada, require 50 percent of the front and back of tobacco packages to carry pictorial warnings, but any legislative proposals would require consultation.

“Continually improving tobacco control will no doubt give rise to future policy initiatives relating to non-mandatory provisions in the FCTC, or even beyond its scope. Because of this, the Government will consult widely and effectively on all future policy and legislative changes."

The next stage of this process involves tabling the FCTC and a National Interest Analysis in Parliament, and referral of those documents to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee for consideration.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Government's Assault On Maori

This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Even so, Christopher Luxon has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. In the NZ Herald, Audrey Young has compiled a useful list of the many, many ways that Luxon plans to roll back the progress made here over the past 40 years in race relations... More

Public Housing Futures: Christmas Comes Early For Landlords

New CTU analysis of the National & ACT coalition agreement has shown the cost of returning interest deductibility to landlords is an extra $900M on top of National’s original proposal. This is because it is going to be implemented earlier and faster, including retrospective rebates from April 2023. More

Green Party: Petition To Save Oil & Gas Ban

“The new Government’s plan to expand oil and gas exploration is as dangerous as it is unscientific. Whatever you think about the new government, there is simply no mandate to trash the climate. We need to come together to stop them,” says James Shaw. More

PSA: MFAT Must Reverse Decision To Remove Te Reo

MFAT's decision to remove te reo from correspondence before new Ministers are sworn in risks undermining the important progress the public sector has made in honouring te Tiriti. "We are very disappointed in what is a backward decision - it simply seems to be a Ministry bowing to the racist rhetoric we heard on the election campaign trail," says Marcia Puru. More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.