Australia's radical plan to stop smoking, NZ unlikely to follow

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Wed, 14 Oct 2020, 3:17PM
Cigarette sales are dropping fast, aim to meet the Government's Smokefree 2025 goal. Photo / File
Cigarette sales are dropping fast, aim to meet the Government's Smokefree 2025 goal. Photo / File

Australia's radical plan to stop smoking, NZ unlikely to follow

Author
Newstalk ZB ,
Publish Date
Wed, 14 Oct 2020, 3:17PM

Smokers across the ditch may need a prescription to buy cigarettes, but it's considered unlikely to be replicated in New Zealand.

Researchers in Australia have proposed a radical plan to end smoking, including phasing out commercial sales completely and restricting sales to pharmacies.

Action for Smoke-free 2025 chair Robert Beaglehole told Mike Hosking the proposals are just talk at this stage, and New Zealand's approach is seeing a steady decline in smoking numbers.

He says we have the goal to reduce adult smoking to five percent, and we're much further ahead than Australia.

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