Dairy owners march over proposed tobacco sale restrictions

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 22 Jun 2021, 5:53PM
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Dairy owners march over proposed tobacco sale restrictions

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 22 Jun 2021, 5:53PM

Big tobacco played a key role in this morning's dairy owners' march at Parliament.

Dairy owners gathered on the steps of Parliament this morning to protest the Government's proposed restrictions on tobacco sales.

It would include limiting the sale of cigarettes to specialist stores or pharmacies.

But the postcards signed by more than 100, and given to Act deputy leader Brooke van Velden today, were provided by British American tobacco.

But van Velden maintains smoke-free 2025 will see dairies close.

'If you're a dairy owner, when someone comes in to buy cigarettes, they are not just buying cigarettes, so for these small retailers, they will take a huge hit by not being able to provide that full range of service."

Masterton Dairy Owner Raj Patel was among those demonstrating, and told Heather du Plessis-Allan it would have a big impact on a lot of stores, with a significant difference in turnover.

"If it happens, it's going to be affecting [us] and some of the stores definitely will need to close down."

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