27 Nov 2023

Calls for new government to reconsider repealing smokefree legislation

From Midday Report, 12:14 pm on 27 November 2023

As the new government is sworn in, there are mounting calls for it to reconsider its planned repeal of the country's world-leading smokefree legislation. 

New Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has said his coalition government is committed to reducing tobacco use but the legislation to achieve Smokefree 2025 is not workable.

The National Māori Public Health Organisation Hāpai Te Hauora describes repealing the legislation as an unconscionable blow to the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

Interim chief executive officer Jason Alexander spoke to Charlotte Cook.