Internationally, World Smokefree Day is known as World No Tobacco Day, and is celebrated annually on 31 May.
Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga noticed that “twelve New Zealanders die prematurely every day from smoking-related illnesses – each of these deaths is preventable” in support to to the Prime’s position.
A perfect day to suggest lifting nicotine e-cigarette ban?
Newshub reveals that this day was also chosen by a bunch of senior ministers to push e-cigarette at governmental level. After the scientists took position in favor of nicotine e-cigarettes and denounced counter-intuitive effects of the ban on nicotin e-liquids, the ball is now in the government’s court.
“There’s no downside for legalising e-cigarettes” declared David Seymour, ACT New Zealand leader. This favorable position is backed by the Maori Party and her co-leader Marama Fox.
Nevertheless, plain packaging supporter, Dame Tariana Turia, former co-leader of the Māori Party, is still reluctant to support lifting nicotine e-liquids bans.
The government is currently rising taxes on tobacco products in order to achieve a political agenda for a Smoke-free country by 2025. Other strategies are being discussed at governmental levels like reducing the nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels to lower smoking dependence.