Officials from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service are calling on the New Zealand government to ban smoking from public places like beaches. The submission is being made to the Maori affairs select committee, which is conducting an inquiry into the tobacco industry and the effects of tobacco use on Maori.
The New Zealand Herald reported that the Auckland service wants to extend the existing ban on indoor smoking to playgrounds, outdoor eating areas, beaches, the area outside buildings, cars when a child under 16 is present, public transport stops and pedestrian malls,
AdvertisementMeanwhile Prime Minister John Key has revealed that an increase in tax on tobacco may be implemented in this year's budget.
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