Ban smoking in cars – Turia

Smoking in Cars

The Maori Party is calling for a ban on smoking in cars, and wants the Government to consider supporting a law change.

Smoking in Cars

Smoking in car with children

Last month, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia, who is the associate health minister, announced the Government will ban branded packets – which was one of her party’s election policies.

The Maori Party wants New Zealand to be smokefree by 2025, and Mrs Turia says banning smoking in cars will help.

“I’ve never supported smoking in cars. When I see people smoking around their children, basically trapped in a car with somebody who smokes, I can’t help but wonder at whether the messages get through,” she told media.

The idea has backing from the Green Party, whose co-leader Metiria Turei says a ban on smoking in cars needs serious consideration from Parliament.

“It is a major health issue for children, for those who are involved in that family,” she said.

“I don’t think we can regulate people’s homes, but I do think there is an issue around cars.”

Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out a further hike in tobacco excise tax in the May 24 budget, after lobbying from the Maori Party.

There have been three 10 percent increases in the price of cigarettes over the last two years, bringing the government an extra $200 million in revenue which now totals more than $1 billion a year.

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