The Government’s latest New Zealand Health Survey results show the rate of daily smoking was 6.8 percent in 2022/23, down from 8.6 percent the previous year. Goldsmith said the country is on track to reach the goal of only five percent of people smoking regularly.
“What we are not going to do is the excessive extra things that the previous Government of Willie Jackson was going to do and so we’ve scrapped that. The fundamental laws that we’ve had in place for a number of years now are working well and that’s what we’re continuing to do,” Goldsmith said.
However, Jackson said Costello should be fired because she has been “spinning stories in Parliament”.
“She’s doing the bidding of the tobacco companies, absolutely no doubt about it… This Government is tainted with tobacco companies.”
Jackson’s comments were referring to National Minister Chris Bishop who used to be a lobbyist for the tobacco company Phillip Morris.
“Goldie you know, and I know, this is an embarrassment. You’re totally tainted by the tobacco companies and people are asking questions about funding,” Jackson said.
“Willie’s always somewhat fast and loose with the actual words that he uses,” Goldsmith replied.
“Who do you agree with Lloyd?” Jackson hit back.