Story: Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino

Diseased heart

Diseased heart

From 2008 Māori Party co-leader Tariana Turia led a push for laws that would limit cigarette availability and encourage people to quit smoking. In 2010 the Māori affairs select committee set up an inquiry into the tobacco industry in New Zealand. Committee chairman Hone Harawira (then a member of the Māori Party) is shown here holding the diseased heart of Mohi Waihi. Waihi, who had a heart transplant after five heart attacks caused by smoking-related disease, brought his diseased heart to a parliamentary inquiry into the tobacco industry in New Zealand. The inquiry recommended banning displays of cigarettes in shops, plain packaging of tobacco, limiting tobacco imports and requiring tobacco companies to pay for addiction treatment. By 2012 displays had been banned and plain packaging was being introduced.

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Megan Cook, 'Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino - Māori use of tobacco', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39865/diseased-heart (accessed 1 June 2020)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013