Tobacco is still harming our communities

This World Smokefree Day May 31, we want to draw attention to the thousands of places you can buy tobacco. There are currently no restrictions on where smokes are sold in Aotearoa, even though they are R18.

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We want New Zealanders to ask themselves: 

Should smokes only be sold in a few R18 specialist tobacco shops?

Smokes are deadly, and yet they are sold alongside ordinary grocery items. Every time someone who wants to quit goes to buy essentials such as bread and milk, they have to make a conscious decision not to buy smokes. Let’s make it easier for people trying to quit smoking.

Having fewer shops selling tobacco will help us to reach Smokefree Aotearoa 2025.


What you can do:

Let us know what you think on our Facebook poll.

Hapai Te Hauora is Celebrating Smokefree! this World Smokefree Day and throughout the month of May. Find out more here and on Facebook here.

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) has a range of digital tools and resources to support anyone wishing to mark World Smokefree Day. Visit their website here.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global campaign for World No Tobacco Day 2020 calls on all young people to join the fight to become a tobacco-free generation. Find campaign resources here.


Want to know more:

Read our key facts on tobacco here.

Read the opinion piece written by Cancer Society of New Zealand CE, Lucy Elwood here.