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ASH Keen On Registration System For Tobacco Sellers

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ASH Keen On Registration System For Tobacco Sellers

Pro-health advocacy group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is telling the Health select committee that a registration scheme is needed for tobacco sellers.

The committee is considering a Bill amending the Smoke-free Environments Act introduced late last year by Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia.

The Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill includes provisions to remove the display of tobacco products in shops with public submissions on the Bill closing on this Friday.

ASH director Ben Youdan says that a registration system operates in Ireland and will be introduced in Scotland when tobacco displays are removed in that country later this year.

"Registration could be done quickly and easily online and would provide an effective way to identify where tobacco is sold regarding breaches of smokefree laws."

"It seems quite absurd that we have tougher regulations on firearms, fishing and restricted chemicals - and yet a known lethal product is allowed to remain unchecked," said Mr Youdan.

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