Thank you for visiting this page and caring about childhood smoking in your community.
How can I help?
We want to hear from community groups or individuals keen to take action in the fight against childhood tobacco addiction, there are many ways you can assist us. If you know of an outlet breaking cigarette laws it is easy to make an anonymous complaint.
How to make a complaint
Please contact one of our SmokeFree Enforcement Officers by phoning (09) 623 4600.
There is some information you will need to have handy when you ring us. To learn more click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the New Zealand Tobacco Laws?
Retailers who sell single cigarettes to anyone regardless of age OR retailers who sell cigarettes to people under 18 are trading illegally and breaking the law. Tobacco laws were introduced to protect our youth from developing a childhood nicotine addiction.
Why is selling single cigarettes so bad?
“Stores selling single cigarettes are making addiction accessible to children through cheap prices. It is too easy for kids to use their pocket money to buy into a possible life-long nicotine habit for $1.50. They don’t understand the consequences of that,” says Medical Officer of Health Dr Novak.
The consequences of childhood smoking
“I started smoking at a very young age from the illegal trade of cigarettes. During the last six years I spent the same amount of money on cigarettes as my $30,000 student loan. Smoking took away my financial freedom,” says student Arnia Appleby.