Plain packaging

This page provides updates on the progress of the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill. It also provides links to the consultation process (now closed), cabinet papers, submissions, reports and other related links.

The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill had its first reading on 11 February 2014. See statement from Hon Tariana Turia on Beehive website.

It follows a decision in April 2012 by the Government to agree in principle to introduce a plain packaging regime in alignment with Australia pending the outcome of a public consultation process (published online: 23 July 2012). The public consultation closed on 5 October 2012 and Cabinet considered a report on the consultation on 18 February 2013.Image showing an example of plain packaging. In large font, the front of the package reads 'Smoking causes blindness'. It features a photo of an eye with the skin around it clamped open. Under the image, in a smaller font, goes the brand name and variant. The number of cigarettes in the package goes in a small font in the corner. A more detailed warning is on the side of the package. The Government decided to proceed with legislation (see statement on Beehive website). The resultant bill was lodged in December 2013 (see statement on Beehive website).

The Ministry of Health will now begin developing the policy which include the specifications around plain packaging legal requirements including the size and content of pictorial health warnings on packaging.

The image on this page is an Australian example of plain cigarette packaging. The font style and size is identical across brands. Plain packaging will make smoking less attractive for children.

Background documents

Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products

Tobacco Plain Packaging: Approval for drafting

Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill: Approval for introduction

Information that is not related to plain packaging has been removed from these documents.

Some information has been withheld under Official Information Act provisions. Where this has occured it is noted in the papers next to the redaction.

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