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Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill Passes Second Reading

The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill has passed its second reading on 30 Jun 2016 after being on hold since 2014.

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announced draft regulations and a consultation document for plain (standardised) packaging for cigarettes on 31 May 2016. Prime Minister John Key indicated that implementation would start early next year.

The bill must still pass its committee and third reading stages before it becomes law. You can follow the progress of the bill on the New Zealand Parliament website.

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