4 Dec 2023

Doctors call government Smokefree repeal plan 'pro-lung cancer'

From Morning Report, 7:24 am on 4 December 2023

A group of Northland emergency doctors have written to the Health Minister urging him to keep the Smokefree 2025 legislation intact.

The new government wants to keep the number of stores selling cigarettes at 6,000, instead of dropping it to 600, keep nicotine levels as they are and allow those born after 2009 to buy tobacco.

But the doctors say the plan is pro-lung cancer and will make people sicker, leading to far higher health costs.

Northland emergency medicine doctor Gary Payinda spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.