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'Aussie smoking deaths on NZ hands' 

Jump to full article: AAP (Australian Associated Press) (au), 2012-03-26
Author: AAP


New Zealanders will effectively be responsible for the deaths of thousands of Australians with a tobacco factory sending up to four billion cigarettes across the ditch, an anti-smoking lobby group says.

Imperial Tobacco's Petone factory is quadrupling its exports to Australia, adding 50 manufacturing jobs and completing a two-year, $45 million upgrade.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) director Ben Youdan said New Zealanders could be taking responsibility for a considerable number of deaths in Australia.

The cigarettes would be smoked by about 100,000 Australians, about half of who would die prematurely from tobacco, he told NZ Newswire.

"I think it's quite shameful that's a responsibility that's being dumped on New Zealand by Imperial."

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