World Smokefree Day: Tobacco more available in some Auckland suburbs than bread and milk

People living in Auckland's most deprived areas have more opportunities to buy tobacco than they do bread and milk.

A recent Cancer Society survey found there were 18 places to buy tobacco products on Manurewa's main street in south Auckland. Nearby Ōtāhuhu had 17.

By contrast, there were just three in the more affluent area of Remuera and two in St Heliers in central Auckland.

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Auckland petrol station won't sell cigarettes, offers free chocolate fish instead

A petrol station is saying no to selling tobacco and instead handing out free chocolate fish to customers wanting cigarettes.

Owners Brett and Julie Peachey saw many friends, customers and community members perish as a consequence of smoking during 12 years of living in Kaukapakapa, north Auckland, and running fish and chip shop Shark 'n' Tatties.

So when they opened a Gull station on Good Friday, after the town had been without petrol for nine years, the couple vowed to not sell cigarettes or tobacco, a first for Gull stations in New Zealand.

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Auckland’s Gull Kaukapakapa culls cigarettes for the sake of community health

A petrol station in the rural village of Kaukapakapa in Auckland’s north west has taken a stand against cigarettes, selling all the things service stations do, bar the ciggies and tobacco.

Owner Brett Peachey says withdrawing nicotine from the shop will "hit the bottom line".

But, he says, "It’s something we’re prepared to do for the health and wellbeing of the community and it also makes it a lot safer for our staff. There won’t be any ram raids or reason to rob us."