‘I see the effects every day’ — nurse and midwife implores Government to rethink Smokefree law change

December 12, 2023

I’m writing in the hope that the Government will change its mind on the Smokefree law change.

I am a registered nurse and midwife and I work in Tolaga Bay.


I can’t believe the proposed changes that will allow smoking to continue. I see the effects of smoking on the health of the community every day.

My own adult son is struggling to give up smoking and my father died at 68 years old of emphysema.

Please rethink the changes and continue to stop the sale of tobacco. It’s the right thing to do.

Anne-Mieke van der Zanden
Tolaga Bay

See also: Nurses stand up against ‘incomprehensible’ smokefree rollback.