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Bill Opposing Tobacco Advertising Delayed

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Bill Opposing Tobacco Advertising Delayed

Wellington, Sept 21 NZPA - A member's bill aiming to ban point of sale tobacco advertising has been delayed due to a lack of support.

Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway's Smokefree Environments (Removing Tobacco Displays) Amendment Bill was due to have its first reading in Parliament tomorrow.

"It has become clear this afternoon that the bill would be unlikely to pass first reading tomorrow and that a number of members of Parliament are not yet ready to support the removal of point of sale tobacco advertising," Mr Lees-Galloway said.

He said two reports relating to tobacco displays, from the Ministry of Health and the Maori Affairs Select Committee, were due to become available to Parliament in the next few weeks and he was confident they would add to the evidence in favour of removing tobacco displays as part of the battle to reduce tobacco-related harm.

Mr Lees-Galloway said he was "a little disappointed" that more MPs had not committed to supporting his bill but was prepared to wait a few more weeks for more evidence to be made available.

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