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:
- 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.
- Funding more health promotion and community activities to motivate and mobilise people to get behind the smokefree goal.
- 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.
- 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.
- Making smoked tobacco products harder to buy by reducing the number of shops selling them to kickstart a smokefree generation.
- 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