The University of Otago's Achieving Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 (ASAP) report was developed with input from more than thirty experts from New Zealand and overseas, together with around 100 health and community stakeholders.
Reducing the availability of tobacco has been outlined in the report as a key actionand here is what it says (abbreviated):
Require all existing tobacco retailers to transition out of selling tobacco products by December 2021. Tobacco products will only be sold by a small number of specified retail outlets from 2022.
We recommend a two-stage approach:
During the first stage, from December 2018 to December 2021, existing tobacco product retailers will be required to transition out of selling tobacco products before the specified deadline of December 2021,
From 1 January 2022, a second stage will be implemented whereby sales will only be permitted by a small number of specified tobacco retail outlets. We propose 5% or fewer of the current estimated 6,000 outlets- around 300 in total.
Retail outlet options could include:
- Specialist R18 tobacco retail outlets
- Not-for-profit retail outlets
- Vape shops
We envisage there would need to be a locality-based licensing or permit system, related to population, size and proximity, for the selected retail outlets.
We recommend the Government fund research and carry out scoping work to decide which tobacco retail outlets would be permitted to sell tobacco from January 2022.