50% of New Zealanders want smoking totally banned by 2020

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50% of New Zealanders want smoking totally banned by 2020

Half the nation, including smokers, support completely banning cigarettes within 10 years, a study has found. The study also showed public support for plain, unbranded cigarette packets and fewer tobacco retailers.

The 2008 Health and Lifestyles Survey compiled nationwide interviews from the Health Sponsorship Council of 1608 people, including 422 smokers, and has just been published in the NZ Medical Journal.

It found 49.8 percent of people agreed cigarettes should no longer be sold in New Zealand in 10 years, 30.3 percent disagreed and 19.9 percent neither agreed nor disagreed. Of the smokers surveyed, 26.2 percent agreed and 55.3 percent disagreed.

One of the study's authors, Dr George Thomson, from the University of Otago, Wellington, called on the Government to take action.

"There's now a need for politicians to embrace and act on the idea of a foreseeable and planned end to tobacco sales through a predicable timetable by 2020. The public wants more defined action to reduce smoking, and not a series of incremental steps."

The researchers said there had been relatively little reduction in smoking since 1991, despite measures such as banning smoking in bars and clubs and introducing graphic pack warnings, and New Zealand was out of step with other countries which had greater reduction in smoking through policies discouraging smoking.

The Scottish Parliament this week voted to end the display of cigarettes and tobacco products in shops as well as banning sales from vending machines in a bid to deter children from taking up the habit.

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By netchicken: posted on 30-1-2010

So 50% of New Zealanders want smoking banned, and I assume the other 50% don't. Are you serious?! You don't need a study to prove that......50% of all people know that. ;)LOL
By mg.mikael: posted on 31-1-2010








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