Open letter to the incoming government

Health Coalition Aotearoa, with 104 allies in health, education, social services organisations and unions, say the Government’s plan to abolish the Smokefree law is immoral and undemocratic in an open letter published in the New Zealand Herald on December 6, 2023.

“This letter shows the depth of shock and anger by those in the health community and beyond about the Government’s willingness to repeal a law that will save thousands of lives – so they can give tax cuts to the well-off,” Health Coalition Aotearoa co-chair Professor Boyd Swinburn said.

Signatories to the letter include organisations across the spectrum of health services and advocacy, unions representing thousands of workers, leading academic and research groups, major health NGOs, Māori/iwi community health providers and medical colleges.