26 Jan 2024

Calls for Casey Costello to be stripped of portfolio over tobacco tax freeze

From Morning Report, 7:22 am on 26 January 2024

Public health campaigners want the Associate Minister stripped of her portfolio, after revelations she's investigating freezing increases to tobacco tax.

Casey Costello has asked the Ministry of Health for advice on a three-year freeze on inflation-related tax increases for smoked tobacco products.

Māori public health group Hāpai te Hauora spokesperson Leitu Tufuga spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.