To keep the tobacco tax or to throw it out? That's the million dollar question as the Ministry of Health reviews its impact on smokers, their families and crime.
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The Asthma Foundation says unregulated e-cigarettes to reduce tobacco smoking is akin to introducing stoats to control rabbits. It follows the government's move to take a "less than harmful" stance to e-cigarettes and nicotine delivery products.
Smokers looking to give up the cigarettes are rapidly turning to vaping. The first vaping store that has opened in the country, Hawke's Bay Vapour are saying their sales have increased by 300 per cent.
One in five Year 10 students, particularly Māori and Pacific, continue to be exposed to smoking in cars according to a report by University of Otago. Researchers say it contradicts Government claims that current initiatives are sufficient to protect children from the dangers of second-hand smoke.