Selling cigarettes in pharmacies - a great idea, or not?


Experts are calling for tobacco to be pulled from dairies and instead be sold only by pharmacies or tobacco stores.

New University of Otago research found tobacco needed to be less accessible to achieve the Government's 2025 smoke-free goal.

Lead researcher Dr Lindsay Robertson said the key problems caused by widely sold tobacco included more sales to minors, a greater risk of children using tobacco and undermining smokers' attempts to quit. She said the Government urgently needed to consider the recommendations in the report.

The study consisted of in-depth interviews with 25 experts working in academia, public health, Maori and Pacific health and smoking cessation.

Ali Mau is joined by President of th Pharmacies Guild Graeme Blanchard to discuss.