6 Jul 2009

Call to increase tax on loose tobacco

8:27 pm on 6 July 2009

The director of a Maori tobacco-free organisation is calling on the Government to increase the tax on loose tobacco to help encourage Maori to quit.

Shane Bradbrook told Waatea News it is a myth that loose tobacco is less harmful.

Mr Bradbrook says recent research showed people who smoked roll-your-own cigarettes are inhaling up to 28% more smoke than those who smoked tailor made cigarettes.

Mr Bradbrook said that, coupled with a high Maori smoking population, is a recipe for gloom.

An increase in tax needed to be supported by an increase in access to support services for Maori, he said.