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What they're saying about plain packaging

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/05/2016


* "It's the right time to proceed with this legislation" - Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga

* "This is exciting news for New Zealand on World Smokefree Day. We should not be afraid to stand up against the tobacco industry. We should be fearless and courageous in implementing public health measures we know will save lives" - ASH director Stephanie Erick

* "The NZ Medical Association has long advocated the introduction of plain packaging as a way of supporting people to quit smoking. It's a measure that is proving successful in Australia, along with regular tax increases on tobacco products" - NZMA chair Stephen Child

* "If the government moves to introduce plain packaging it will make it increasingly hard for small dairies at the heart of New Zealand communities to service customers" - Retail NZ spokesman Greg Harford

* "I've been to too many tangi of whanau and friends who have died early as a result of the smoking habit. It's a waste not just for those who pass away early but also for their whanau" - Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell

* "We need to be adopting a range of measures to both support those who want to quit and deter the next generation from starting to smoke" - Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox

* "If cigarette smoking and tobacco smoking is so bad, be honest, be sincere, ban it now" - NZ First leader Winston Peters

* "Not only do we need plain packaging, but they need to disclose fully the ingredients of cigarettes, which they still don't do" - Green party co-leader Metiria Turei

* "I think in a free society you should be able to look at and purchase the brands you choose. It's a bit heavy handed, but the government's committed to doing it, so let's move on" - ACT Party leader David Seymour.

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