Banning Smoking and Vaping in Cars With Minors Potentially Racist Consequences

Māori women will be disproportionately harmed by this law change purely because they are over-represented among the most vulnerable and poorest groups in society, who smoke the most. Smoking rates among Māori mothers of children under 18 are the highest in the country, and depending on the socio-economic area, will range upwards from the Māori female average of 38-50 percent or more. For context, only 12 percent of European (mainly white) New Zealand women now smoke.

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Cahn McKenzie