“This repeal would have a significant and negative impact on the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, both now and in the future, and will undo years of policy development including wide consultation and expert advice,” Health Coalition’s co-chairperson Boyd Swinburn said. “The roll-back of these measures was not National Party policy and was not subject to debate during the election campaign.
“Given the gravity of the potential health outcomes, it should be subject to public and expert scrutiny as part of normal Parliamentary process,” Prof Swinburn said.
It would also allow Māori communities to have their say on the repeal – which would have the greatest impact on iwi, hapū and whānau, the groups said in their media statement.
The Government was committed to reducing tobacco use but did not agree with reducing the number of retailers who could sell tobacco, Luxon told Morning Report last year.
He said having fewer retailers could lead to a black market for tobacco sales.
The new Government would “continue to make sure we’ve got good education programmes, encourage people to take up vapes as a cessation tool and make sure that we protect vapes for under-18s”, he said.