10 Mar 2020

Anti-smoking group calls Quit Group spending 'deplorable waste'

From Morning Report, 7:50 am on 10 March 2020

Anti-smoking group ASH is decrying what it calls a deplorable waste of money by Quit Group - the charity originally commissioned to run Quitline.

Yesterday RNZ revealed that five years after Quit Group ceased to function, it continues to pay board members tens of thousands of dollar a year from funds that were not invested in smokefree services.

ASH wants the money, over $2.5 million, returned to the Government's Health Promotion Agency so it can be redistributed to those actively working to reduce smoking in Aotearoa.

Deborah Hart is the director of ASH.

She speaks to Susie Ferguson.