25 days ago

Mike Yardley: How can so many New Zealanders still smoke?

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The proposed Smokefree 2025 Action Plan includes significantly reducing the number of retailers able to sell tobacco, limiting the nicotine content of cigarettes, and raising the age of purchase every year, so that anyone born after 2004 could never lawfully be sold tobacco.

Columnist Mike Yardley says most lower-income earners who smoke shell out more money in tobacco excise than they do in income tax.

"They should be vigorously urged to switch to vaping as a smoking cessation alternative, given it’s not just far less hazardous to their health, but also to their back pocket," he says.

What do you think of the proposed Smokefree 2025 reforms? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We're very excited to announce Competenz as our new Neighbourly partner. Competenz is an Industry Training Organisation and helps people develop their skills on the job.

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5 days ago

Log splitting!

Alan from Beckenham

Does anybody need logs or tree rounds split for their log burner? I have a contact with a transportable log splitter who lives out of town. He will come in if I can add to the amount that I have. Bring yours over on the day, make a small contribution to his fee and head home job done!

3 days ago

Collection Point at the Halswell Community Hub

Keri Glassenbury from Halswell Community Project

The Halswell Community Hub is now a collection point for:
The Blanket Bank - donations of clean/tidy blankets/bedding
Wine bottle tops and Can tabs - Collecting on behalf of the Halswell Lions for Kidney Kids
Bread tags - collecting for Wheelchairs in Africa
Please drop off donations to 381 Halswell Road,