Doctors disappointed at Prime Minister’s tobacco stance

Press Release – Dr George Laking Representatives of the New Zealand medical community have written to Prime Minister John Key expressing disappointment at his support for New Zealand’s United States Ambassador Mike Moore hosting a tobacco-industry sponsored reception in Washington …Doctors disappointed at Prime Minister’s tobacco stance Media release, 7 March 2012 Representatives of the New Zealand medical community have written to Prime Minister John Key expressing disappointment at his support for New Zealand’s United States Ambassador Mike Moore hosting a tobacco-industry sponsored reception in Washington DC. The reception took place as part of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. The group of 24 doctors and medical professionals, led by School of Medical Sciences oncologist Dr George Laking, say partnering with the tobacco industry is short-sighted and inconsistent with the government’s stated aims and international treaty obligations. “This is a significant undermining of medical professionals’ efforts to reduce the great harm that tobacco causes New Zealanders,” said Dr Laking. “The tobacco industry is responsible for the deaths of more 5000 New Zealanders a year. It must not be allowed to find legitimacy in the context of important trade negotiations. “Letting it do so contradicts the government’s smokefree by 2025 goal and is doubly ironic in light of government calls for improved productivity in our health system.” The letter to Mr Key also points out that New Zealand is a signatory to...

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