Smokefree Aotearoa Plan 2025 launched

49 days ago
By: Daphne Atkinson

The Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan was launched on 9 December 2021. New measures aim to accelerate this goal and the NZSA was among the organisations to back the plan.

Guided by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the action plan will support Aotearoa’s goal of becoming smokefree by 2025. A bill is to be introduced in June next year, aiming to be passed by December.

The six focus areas:

  1. Making sure there is Māori leadership and decision-making across all levels of the action plan. A taskforce will make sure the action plan is on track to achieve the smokefree goal for Māori.
  2. Funding more health promotion and community activities to motivate and mobilise people  to get behind the smokefree goal.
  3. Giving people the wrap-around support they need on their quit journey by investing in more tailored help such as a stop smoking service for Pacific communities.
  4. Making it easier to quit and harder to become addicted by only having low-level nicotine smoked tobacco products for sale and restricting product design features that increase their appeal and addictiveness.
  5. Making smoked tobacco products harder to buy by reducing the number of shops selling them to kickstart a smokefree generation.
  6. Making sure the tobacco industry and retailers follow the law.

Read more: Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan - Auahi Kore Aotearoa Mahere Rautaki 2025.

Key outcomes sought: Eliminating inequities in smoking rates and smoking-related illnesses; preventing young people from ever talking up smoking in the first place; and increasing the number of people who quit smoking.

Read article in the NZ Herald