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NZ -Cabinet in favour of plain packaging

19 Apr 2012. The cabinet has agreed in principle to introduce plain packaging for all tobacco products in New Zealand, reports Herald Sun.
The packaging will display only health warnings and the contact details for Quitline, the government-funded service helping smokers stub out, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia says.

New Zealand banned the open display of cigarette and tobacco packs in all dairies and other shops with effect from 23 July 23 this year. “Plain packaging is the next step to ensure that once they are in the hands and homes of smokers, the packs don’t promote anything other than our serious health warnings and quit messages,” says Turia.

There will be a public consultation process on the proposed change. (pi)

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