Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Don't risk not knowing what's going around New Zealand and the world - catch up with interviews from Early Edition, hosted by Kate Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB.... Show More
July 26, 2020 2 min
Five per cent of New Zealand's health budget is spent on preventing damage caused by tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy eating.
The three are also responsible for a third of the annual loss of healthy living years in the country.
Health Coalition Aotearoa chair Boyd Swinburn told Kate Hawkesby despite this, less than 0.5 percent of the health budget is spent on these issues.
He says banning junk food marketing to kids, healthy foods in schools, and taxes on sugary drinks are all being called for, but never implemented.
Mr Swinburn says Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 is not looking good at all.
"To meet the Government's own target they really going to need to step up and have a comprehensive plan including whole lot of innovative strategies."
Mr Swinburn says the Government's efforts currently are lacking.
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