Introduced on June 21. The bill significantly limits the number of retailers able to sell smoked tobacco products; aims to prevent young people from taking up smoking by prohibiting the sale of smoked tobacco products to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009; and aims to make smoked tobacco products less appealing and addictive. First reading on July 26 with Act opposed and National expressing concerns about some parts of the bill. Sent to the health committee. Reported back on Nov 28 with a large number of technical amendments many around the process to decide who will be allowed to sell tobacco products with licensed premises reduced to 600. Second reading completed on Dec 6 with National and Act opposed. Committee stage completed on Dec 8. Third reading on Dec 13 with National and Act opposed.
Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill