Cigarette packets are a powerful marketing tool that attract young people - our tamariki. Whilst unbranding cigarette packs won't stop everyone from smoking, it will give our kids one less reason to start. The real impact of plain tobacco packaging on young people is demonstrated.
In August 2014, the Health Select Committee has completed its deliberation on the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill 2013, with the Committee Report published on Parliament website on 6 August 2014. Following the Committee stage, the Bill will go through Second Reading and the date will be set after the General Election in September and once the newly appointed Health Minister will set a date.
The Health Committee supports the passage of the Bill, with only one vote of Committee member opposing the policy regime.
Be sure to navigate through this site to look at evidence on the impact of tobacco packaging and how plain packs could look.