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Duty-free tobacco allowances will be cut as a further step towards reducing the harm caused by smoking, Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia says.
This means that from 1 November this year, the duty-free allowance will fall from 200 cigarettes to 50 cigarettes. The new limit aligns New Zealand with the duty-free tobacco concession that has been in place in Australia since 2012.
“Although it’s pleasing to see that fewer young people are taking up smoking, it still causes up to 5,000 premature deaths in New Zealand every year,” Mrs Turia says.