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Blog | Reducing tobacco retail availability: counterarguments to industry claims

The NZ Government’s Discussion Document outlines an Action Plan for the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal and proposes substantially reducing the number of retailers selling tobacco. In this blog, we examine arguments that interest groups have advanced to oppose these proposals and review the evidence relating to those claims. We find that predictions of dire economic consequences for small retailers are not consistent with independent research evidence and may serve to advance tobacco companies’ interests.

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Citation: Lindsay Robertson, Janet Hoek, Richard Edwards, George Thomson, Louise Marsh (2021) Reducing tobacco retail availability: counterarguments to industry claims. Public Health Expert Blog, 10 May 2021 Reducing tobacco retail availability: counterarguments to industry claims – Public Health Expert, University of Otago, New Zealand