The likelihood of New Zealand becoming smokefree by 2025 appears to be working well. The government plans on raising the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes to $40.00 a packet starting on the 1st January 2019.
As part of an ongoing study, a team of University of Otago researchers have found that the Government’s Smokefree 2025 goal is very achievable as people will not be able to afford to purchase the tobacco treats.
“The Ministry and the health sector will really have to massively increase cessation support alongside other things like running mass media campaigns.
“We are making progress but it is slow, especially for Māori,” Wilson said.
The Government first adopted the Smokefree 2025 goal in 2011 in response to the recommendations of a landmark Parliamentary inquiry by the Māori Affairs select committee.