Is it time dairies stop selling cigarettes?

Drive 19/03/2018

Another attack in a dairy recently, this time with a meat cleaver, has again raised the question about the price of cigarettes or whether they should be available in corner dairies at all.

There have been nearly 500 robberies of dairies in New Zealand in the last 13 months that have targeted cigarettes.

For a police perspective of what can be done to prevent these crimes Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen speak to Police Superintendent Eric Tibbott and they also speak to Dame Tariana Turia.

She was instrumental in the Smokefree NZ 2025 campaign and says the way to stop cigarette related crime was to stop selling cigarettes at dairies.

Listen to the full interviews with Superintendent Eric Tibbett and Dame Turiana Turia above.

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