18 Sep 2010

Iwi takes anti-smoking campaign to retailers

10:28 am on 18 September 2010

Ngati Kahungunu is approaching retailers in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa to ask them not to sell cigarettes.

Campaign organiser Jenny Smith says the iwi cannot wait for politicians to ban smoking when the habit is doing so much damage to its people.

She told Waatea News the iwi congratulated one hairdresser in Wairoa who has already dropped his tobacco business, and provided provided certificates acknowledging what he has done.

Ma Smith says the iwi has written to newpapers from Wairoa to Wairarapa to get the word out, and will be asking supermarkets, dairies and service stations to stop carrying tobacco products.