In September 2008 a Health Select Committee called for tobacco to be kept out of sight.
In July 2011 the Government finally passed the legislation – to become effective on Monday July 23 2012.
“The day has finally arrived when we can celebrate what we have done to protect our children. We thank everyone involved,” said Skye Kimura, the Cancer Society’s Tobacco Control Advisor, especially the Hon Turiana Turia who has been such a staunch advocate. “Our next job is to introduce plain packaging and then we will be well on our way to reaching our goal of a smoke-free Aotearoa by 2025.”