Māori public health advocacy service Hāpai Te Hauora says dairies should stop selling tobacco products rather than beef up security.

Some dairy owners are calling for extra help to protect them from robberies in the wake of the January 1 tax hike that took the price of a 25 pack of cigarettes to over $40.

But Hāpai national tobacco control advocacy manager Mihi Blair says ending tobacco sales is the way to reduce the risk to dairies and to decrease the huge death toll associated with tobacco-related illnesses.

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