A major study of youth smoking between 2014 and 2019 by ASH New Zealand and the University of Auckland shows that while some young people are experimenting with vaping, daily use of an e-cigarette is occurring overwhelmingly in existing smokers.
"I share the public's frustration, but it is important that we get this legislation right so that we can have a future-proof framework ready to present to Parliament," Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa said in a statement.
The cost of a single cigarette is about to reach nearly $2 as New Zealand's smokefree deadline looms.
The National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service says it's an essential step if we want the country to reach its goal of being smokefree by 2025.
This compared to costing nearly $38 in average for a pack of 25 cigarettes from March 2018 according to Stats NZ.
Tobacco products experienced a 7.7 percent increase in price in 2018/19 but is expected to rise by around 11 percent from today.
Tobacco prices are set to go up by just over 11 per cent on January 1, in the last of a series of annual tax-based price rises announced in the 2016 budget. A 25-pack of cigarettes will cost more than $40
Māori public health advocacy service Hāpai Te Hauora says dairies should stop selling tobacco products rather than beef up security.
Hāpai Te Hauora, National Tobacco Control Advisory Board have developed a new process to the election of Advisory Board members. This voluntary role is significant to provide expertise and advice to the Tobacco Control Department.