Despite no evidence to support the initiative the gutless cowards in the government have caved to the health troughers and brought in plain packaging for cigarettes.
Watch for international retribution, particularly from Indonesia, but also watch for calls for plain packaging for sugar and fat and anything else these wowsers want to control.
Cigarettes will start appearing on the shelves next year in drab packets with a big health warning plastered on the front.
Parliament on Thursday passed the plain packaging bill which has been in the works since 2014.
“There’s no other product which is so widely used and poses such a high risk as tobacco,” Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said.
“This is the next significant step in reducing the devastating harm.”
He told parliament smoking caused between 4500 and 5000 premature deaths every year.
Tobacco is already heavily taxed and advertising is banned.
Now cigarettes will have to be sold in brown-green packets with a health warning covering at least 75 per cent of the front of the packet.
The enforcement date is still to be set but Mr Lotu-Iiga said the plain packets “will start to appear next year”.
“They will be stripped of bright colours, there will be no glamour.”
This sort of stuff is real nanny-state. It won’t work.
Sam Lotu Iiga really isn’t fit for purpose as a minister. He is beholden to his officials and has no concept of intellectual property rights.
When they come for food manufacturers don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I am seriously reviewing who to vote for next election. I think even Winston Peters is better than this mob right now.