Guest editorial: Tobacco Achievements Summary Report August 2014
Hon Tariana Turia
Government media release on the Tobacco Achievements Summary Report, August 2014
When I first entered Parliament in 1996, one in four New Zealanders aged 15 and over were smoking daily. Second-hand smoke exposure was part of our life; as was the loss of life to far too many generations of New Zealanders who die prematurely from smoking.
Tobacco reform was therefore a key priority for me when I was appointed Associate Minister of Health in 2008. I am so proud of the amazing achievements engineered by a highly motivated workforce; a passionate community of advocates and a responsive health sector in creating a pathway to a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.