Tobacco plain packaging debate early next year
Parliament will begin its debate on plain packaging for tobacco early next year, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia has confirmed.
Mrs Turia said this morning she expected the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Products and Packaging) Amendment Bill to be introduced to the House in the New Year.
The hard-hitting law change would require cigarettes and tobacco to be sold in standardized packets with large health warnings.
In a statement, the minister said removing tobacco company colors, logos and other marketing designed to make tobacco products glamorous was an important step in reducing the uptake of smoking.