Can Govt legally ban duty free smokes?
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 5:37a.m.
The Government could be in breach of its international treaties if it banned the sale of duty free cigarettes, Prime Minister John Key says.
Health and church groups have banded together to push for a ban, and they also want much bigger tobacco tax increases than the government has so far imposed.
"It's a possibility but I'll need to get advice on whether we're legally able to do it," Mr Key said.
"My advice is we have treaties and obligations, we can't just change the law."
Global Public Health, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Methodist Church and others are calling for the ban and a 40 percent hike in tobacco excise followed by three successive 20 percent increases.
Mr Key is indicating that isn't likely.
"We've given a clear signal by increasing the price by 10 percent a year," he said.
"What we're trying to stop is the gateway into smoking and price is the most effective deterrent to young people - there's a balance between sending that signal and being really tough on existing smokers."
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28/06/2012 11:47:37 a.m.
Nick a wrote:
why dont they ban alcohol duty free as well? why not ban alcohol...why not ban fatty food or put photos of fat people on the packaging?... nz 100% pure hypocrites.
27/06/2012 9:17:20 a.m.
This creates all sorts of possibilities for a black market and then they will have to make tobacco an illeagal substance and so create a whole new menace and problems to society. Arresting people for possesion and growing, I can not understand why we even want to go there. Right now the laws on smoking in public work well and people need some choices in life just to make them feel in charge of their own destiny. If this is just about cost to the health system then alcohol related issues and deaths are far greater. We should be looking at promoting health positivly, why not reduce the cost of vegitables to kiwi's, milk, fruit, these are vital for good health yet the cost is beyond some people so children go with out. What damage does this do and at what cost to the health system?
26/06/2012 5:57:15 p.m.
I'm just wondering if we're heading towards the creation of a black market for tobacco...
26/06/2012 12:11:06 p.m.
I'd argue that that's a good reason to bail on those treaties.
... note that the TPP will make this excuse true of a Lot of things.
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