In March 2011, the New Zealand Government committed to a goal of New Zealand becoming smoke-free by 2025. As we get closer to the deadline, some would say the goal is unrealistic.
With the recent increase in cigarette tax, the new trend of ‘vaping’ (using electronic cigarettes) has caused problems with the increase of tobacco purchases which has put pressure on the target date, yet the Government believes that the public will be free from being exposed to tobacco and tobacco use.
Can it be achievable within ten years?
Student journalist Braeden Leggett asked the public their opinions on reaching the Smokefree New Zealand 2025 deadline.