New Zealand needs to "close the noose'' on a duplicitous and
resourceful tobacco industry pedalling an addictive and
lethal product, says the man who blew the whistle on the
industry nearly 20 years ago.
The legislation passed
through Parliament under extraordinary urgency on Wednesday
night increasing the excise tax on tobacco was in the name of
the Maori Party's co-leader, Tariana Turia. But it will not
be Mrs Turia or her party that endures any voter backlash.