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"The government will have an army of leather-vested, jackbooted officials sniffing out tobacco smells around the country...Little tin gods from the Department of Health will be going around the country in hobnail boots".1The tobacco industry efforts weren't off-the-cuff. As early as 1981 or before, they were planning to oppose smokefree efforts, running an international campaign "Operation Mayflower".In the late 1980s the industry organised "Operation Leo"—a plan to counter the Government's smokefree plans.5 Within this plan, there was also "Operation Bo-Beep" to develop the New Zealanders for the Right to Decide and to form a smokers' rights group.6The new law stopped print media advertising, restricted shop advertising, phased out sports and event tobacco sponsorship, and created a Health Sponsorship Council to provide smokefree sponsorship. It prohibited smoking in buses, domestic aircraft, lifts, multi-person offices, and the public section of any workplace.Are the politics different now?Prime Minister John Key has said a ‘National Government' wouldn't be telling people they couldn't smoke in their own cars. His reasoning was that National is a party of ‘reasonable choice'. He said that he wasn't ‘opposed to banning smoking in bars, because other New Zealanders are there and people work there' and that this issue would ‘distract the parliament'.9What needs to be doneMany of the MASC recommendations would be practical to insert into the new Smoke-free Amendment Bill.13 Health workers and concerned citizens can all make submissions to the Health Select Committee suggesting these insertions. But prompt action is needed since submissions close on 28 January 2011 - in only one week.

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

George Thomson, Nick Wilson, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

Banks J. Speech in the second reading on the SFE Bill: Parliamentary Debates v. 507, 14 August 1990. Wellington: Government Print.McLoughlin D. Behind the smokescreen. North and South. March. 39-51.Carr-Gregg M. Interaction of public policy advocacy and research in the passage of New Zealand's Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. Addiction 1993:88 Suppl;35S-41S.Thomson G, Wilson N. The tobacco industry in New Zealand: A case study of the behaviour of multinational companies. Department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago. Wellington. 2002.http://www.wnmeds.ac.nz/academic/dph/Publicationsreports/TobaccoMonograph.pdfThompson M. Operation Leo. Tobacco Institute of New Zealand. Auckland. November 1989. Accessed January 11, 2005.http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/olc68e00von Maerestetten C. Operation Bo-Beep. Philip Morris International. New York. August 16, 1989. Access date: January 12, 2005. http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/bsp34e00Laugesen M. Tobacco control: 10 000 deaths averted and greater gains possible. NZ Pub Health Rep 1995;2:89-91.Edwards R, Thomson G, Wilson N, et al. After the smoke has cleared: evaluation of the impact of a new national smoke-free law in New Zealand. Tob Control 2008;17:e2.Key J. Transcript of interview with the New Zealand Prime Minister by Guyon Espiner. Agenda [TVNZ]. Auckland. December 7, 2008.Thomson G, Hudson S, Wilson N, et al. A qualitative case study of policymaker views about the protection of children from smoking in cars Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2010;Online August 9:doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntq124:http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/ntq124v1.pdfThomson G, Weerasekera D, Wilson N. New Zealand smokers attitudes to smokefree cars containing preschool children: very high support across all sociodemographic groups. N Z Med J 2009;122(1300):84-86. http://www.nzmj.com/journal/122-1300/3739/content.pdfThomson G, Wilson N. Public attitudes to laws for smokefree private vehicles: A brief review. Tob Control 2009;18:256-261.Blakely T, Thomson G, Wilson N, et al. The Maori Affairs Select Committee Inquiry and the road to a smokefree Aotearoa. N Z Med J 2010;123(1326):7-17. http://www.nzmj.com/journal/123-1326/4448/content.pdf

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"The government will have an army of leather-vested, jackbooted officials sniffing out tobacco smells around the country...Little tin gods from the Department of Health will be going around the country in hobnail boots".1The tobacco industry efforts weren't off-the-cuff. As early as 1981 or before, they were planning to oppose smokefree efforts, running an international campaign "Operation Mayflower".In the late 1980s the industry organised "Operation Leo"—a plan to counter the Government's smokefree plans.5 Within this plan, there was also "Operation Bo-Beep" to develop the New Zealanders for the Right to Decide and to form a smokers' rights group.6The new law stopped print media advertising, restricted shop advertising, phased out sports and event tobacco sponsorship, and created a Health Sponsorship Council to provide smokefree sponsorship. It prohibited smoking in buses, domestic aircraft, lifts, multi-person offices, and the public section of any workplace.Are the politics different now?Prime Minister John Key has said a ‘National Government' wouldn't be telling people they couldn't smoke in their own cars. His reasoning was that National is a party of ‘reasonable choice'. He said that he wasn't ‘opposed to banning smoking in bars, because other New Zealanders are there and people work there' and that this issue would ‘distract the parliament'.9What needs to be doneMany of the MASC recommendations would be practical to insert into the new Smoke-free Amendment Bill.13 Health workers and concerned citizens can all make submissions to the Health Select Committee suggesting these insertions. But prompt action is needed since submissions close on 28 January 2011 - in only one week.

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

George Thomson, Nick Wilson, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

Banks J. Speech in the second reading on the SFE Bill: Parliamentary Debates v. 507, 14 August 1990. Wellington: Government Print.McLoughlin D. Behind the smokescreen. North and South. March. 39-51.Carr-Gregg M. Interaction of public policy advocacy and research in the passage of New Zealand's Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. Addiction 1993:88 Suppl;35S-41S.Thomson G, Wilson N. The tobacco industry in New Zealand: A case study of the behaviour of multinational companies. Department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago. Wellington. 2002.http://www.wnmeds.ac.nz/academic/dph/Publicationsreports/TobaccoMonograph.pdfThompson M. Operation Leo. Tobacco Institute of New Zealand. Auckland. November 1989. Accessed January 11, 2005.http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/olc68e00von Maerestetten C. Operation Bo-Beep. Philip Morris International. New York. August 16, 1989. Access date: January 12, 2005. http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/bsp34e00Laugesen M. Tobacco control: 10 000 deaths averted and greater gains possible. NZ Pub Health Rep 1995;2:89-91.Edwards R, Thomson G, Wilson N, et al. After the smoke has cleared: evaluation of the impact of a new national smoke-free law in New Zealand. Tob Control 2008;17:e2.Key J. Transcript of interview with the New Zealand Prime Minister by Guyon Espiner. Agenda [TVNZ]. Auckland. December 7, 2008.Thomson G, Hudson S, Wilson N, et al. A qualitative case study of policymaker views about the protection of children from smoking in cars Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2010;Online August 9:doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntq124:http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/ntq124v1.pdfThomson G, Weerasekera D, Wilson N. New Zealand smokers attitudes to smokefree cars containing preschool children: very high support across all sociodemographic groups. N Z Med J 2009;122(1300):84-86. http://www.nzmj.com/journal/122-1300/3739/content.pdfThomson G, Wilson N. Public attitudes to laws for smokefree private vehicles: A brief review. Tob Control 2009;18:256-261.Blakely T, Thomson G, Wilson N, et al. The Maori Affairs Select Committee Inquiry and the road to a smokefree Aotearoa. N Z Med J 2010;123(1326):7-17. http://www.nzmj.com/journal/123-1326/4448/content.pdf

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"The government will have an army of leather-vested, jackbooted officials sniffing out tobacco smells around the country...Little tin gods from the Department of Health will be going around the country in hobnail boots".1The tobacco industry efforts weren't off-the-cuff. As early as 1981 or before, they were planning to oppose smokefree efforts, running an international campaign "Operation Mayflower".In the late 1980s the industry organised "Operation Leo"—a plan to counter the Government's smokefree plans.5 Within this plan, there was also "Operation Bo-Beep" to develop the New Zealanders for the Right to Decide and to form a smokers' rights group.6The new law stopped print media advertising, restricted shop advertising, phased out sports and event tobacco sponsorship, and created a Health Sponsorship Council to provide smokefree sponsorship. It prohibited smoking in buses, domestic aircraft, lifts, multi-person offices, and the public section of any workplace.Are the politics different now?Prime Minister John Key has said a ‘National Government' wouldn't be telling people they couldn't smoke in their own cars. His reasoning was that National is a party of ‘reasonable choice'. He said that he wasn't ‘opposed to banning smoking in bars, because other New Zealanders are there and people work there' and that this issue would ‘distract the parliament'.9What needs to be doneMany of the MASC recommendations would be practical to insert into the new Smoke-free Amendment Bill.13 Health workers and concerned citizens can all make submissions to the Health Select Committee suggesting these insertions. But prompt action is needed since submissions close on 28 January 2011 - in only one week.

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

George Thomson, Nick Wilson, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

Banks J. Speech in the second reading on the SFE Bill: Parliamentary Debates v. 507, 14 August 1990. Wellington: Government Print.McLoughlin D. Behind the smokescreen. North and South. March. 39-51.Carr-Gregg M. Interaction of public policy advocacy and research in the passage of New Zealand's Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. Addiction 1993:88 Suppl;35S-41S.Thomson G, Wilson N. The tobacco industry in New Zealand: A case study of the behaviour of multinational companies. Department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago. Wellington. 2002.http://www.wnmeds.ac.nz/academic/dph/Publicationsreports/TobaccoMonograph.pdfThompson M. Operation Leo. Tobacco Institute of New Zealand. Auckland. November 1989. Accessed January 11, 2005.http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/olc68e00von Maerestetten C. Operation Bo-Beep. Philip Morris International. New York. August 16, 1989. Access date: January 12, 2005. http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/bsp34e00Laugesen M. Tobacco control: 10 000 deaths averted and greater gains possible. NZ Pub Health Rep 1995;2:89-91.Edwards R, Thomson G, Wilson N, et al. After the smoke has cleared: evaluation of the impact of a new national smoke-free law in New Zealand. Tob Control 2008;17:e2.Key J. Transcript of interview with the New Zealand Prime Minister by Guyon Espiner. Agenda [TVNZ]. Auckland. December 7, 2008.Thomson G, Hudson S, Wilson N, et al. A qualitative case study of policymaker views about the protection of children from smoking in cars Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2010;Online August 9:doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntq124:http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/ntq124v1.pdfThomson G, Weerasekera D, Wilson N. New Zealand smokers attitudes to smokefree cars containing preschool children: very high support across all sociodemographic groups. N Z Med J 2009;122(1300):84-86. http://www.nzmj.com/journal/122-1300/3739/content.pdfThomson G, Wilson N. Public attitudes to laws for smokefree private vehicles: A brief review. Tob Control 2009;18:256-261.Blakely T, Thomson G, Wilson N, et al. The Maori Affairs Select Committee Inquiry and the road to a smokefree Aotearoa. N Z Med J 2010;123(1326):7-17. http://www.nzmj.com/journal/123-1326/4448/content.pdf

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