Business owner Selwyn Grave is less than impressed as Miller Studios signwriter Rob Harwood removes the word "tobacconist" from his shop front yesterday, to conform with new smoke-free legislation. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A 50-year-old Dunedin business name was stubbed out
Selwyn Grave Men's Hairdresser and Tobacconist has been in
Moray Pl since 1962, but was renamed Selwyn Grave Men's
Hairdresser and Men's Gifts yesterday to comply with new
The Smoke-Free Environments Act prohibits the display of
tobacco products, or advertising that a business sells
"I've been a registered hairdresser and tobacconist for over
50 years, so being forced to change the name of my business
does hurt my pride," Mr Grave said.
"I'd probably be the oldest hairdresser and tobacconist in
New Zealand. But I've had to pay for it to be changed, which
doesn't make me happy. It's not just the signs. I've had to
change my stamp, as well."
Any signage which advertises tobacco products must be changed
by next Monday.
"It's ridiculous. I was tempted to change it to
'tobogganist', but I thought I might get in trouble."
Mr Grave received plenty of support from customers as his
shop-front signage was being amended yesterday.
"Everyone thinks it's silly. Even the non-smokers think it's
ridiculous," he said.
"People still like smoking. But you can't fight the law."
Most Dunedin retailers had already removed any tobacco
advertising by yesterday, one of the few exceptions being the
Sports Dairy in Hillside Rd.
Some retailers instead advertised the availability of tobacco
products with "Smoking Kills" stickers in their windows.
Public Health South had five smoke-free officers, who would
conduct spot checks at retail outlets selling tobacco
products from next week, Southern District Health Board
medical officer of health Dr Marion Poore said yesterday.
"Over the last couple of months, smoke-free officers have
been visiting premises to help tobacco retailers meet their
responsibilities under the legislation change.
"Smoke-free officers and health promotion advisers will
continue to visit all tobacco retailers to ensure they are
aware of their new obligations and to check tobacco products
are not visible to the public, either inside or outside their
premises," Dr Poore said.
"If a member of the public is concerned a retailer is not
complying with the changes, they can contact a smoke-free
officer at Public Health South."
Retailers failing to meet the requirements of the Act risk
prosecution and a fine of up to $10,000.