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Tobacco OIA 2011

Tobacco OIA 2011

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Treasury's OIA response to my query:
1) What advice did Treasury provide MoH, if any, regarding its $1.9 bn estimate of the Vote.Health costs of smoking;
2) Did Treasury receive advice from the Ministry of Health that a ban on retail tobacco display would increase retailer profits?
Treasury's OIA response to my query:
1) What advice did Treasury provide MoH, if any, regarding its $1.9 bn estimate of the Vote.Health costs of smoking;
2) Did Treasury receive advice from the Ministry of Health that a ban on retail tobacco display would increase retailer profits?

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Reference: 20100381
THE
TREASURY
26 January 2010
Kaitohutohu Kaupapa
Rawa
Eric CramptonUniversity
of
CanterburyPrivate Bag 4800Christchurch 8140Dear Eric CramptonThank you for your Official Information Act request, received
on
15 December 2010.You requested the following:
1.
All advice that Treasury has received from the Ministry
of
Health concerningthe effect on retailer profits
of
a
ban on the retail display
of
tobacco products.
In
particular, but without limiting the request, I wish to know whether theMinistry
of
Health advanced the view that retailer projects could be increased
by
such
a
ban.
2.
All correspondence between the Ministry
of
Health and Treasury, and allinternal documents produced
by
Treasury, regarding the Ministry
of
Health'sestimate
of
a$1.9
billion Vote Health cost
of
smoking. Has Treasuryconducted any independent assessment
of
the soundness
of
that figure? HasTreasury any plans
of
reviewing the figure?
Information 8eingReleased
Please find enclosed the following documents:
Item DateDocument Description
1.
19 July and 27 July Email from the Ministry
of
Health2010 (MoH) to the Treasury and reply
2.
19 July 2010Preliminary Impact and RiskAssessment
3.
1 September 2010 Draft Cabinet paper
4.
6 September 2010 Retail displays ball park figures -draftfor discussion
5.
6 September 2010 Draft regulatory impact statement
6.
9 September and 10Email from MoH to various and replySeptember
201
0 from the Treasury
7.
9 September 2010Draft Cabinet paper
8.
28 September 2010 Email from MoH to various, follow upemail, and reply from the Treasury
9.
29 September
201
0 Draft Cabinet paper10. 29 September 2010 Draft Regulatory Impact Statement
Decision
Release, with the exception ofthe names
of
junior staff andallcontact details undersection 9(2)(a) and s9(2)(g)(i).As aboveAs aboveAs aboveAs aboveAs aboveAs aboveAs aboveAs aboveAs above
1
The
Terrace
PO
Box
3724Wellington 6140
New Zealand
tel. 64-4-472
2733fax.
64-4-473
0982www.treasury.govLnz
 
I have decided to release the relevant parts of the documents listed above, subject toinformation being withheld under one or more of the following sections of the OfficialInformation Act,
as
applicable:personal contact details of officials, under section 9(2)(a) -
to
protect the privacyof natural persons, including deceased people;
and
names and contact details of junior officials and certain sensitive advice, undersection 9(2)(g)(i) -
to
maintain the effective conduct of public affairs through thefree and frank expressions of opinion.Regarding the second part of your request, the Treasury holds
no
correspondence orinternal documents
on
the Ministry of Health's recent estimate of the cost of smoking tothe health system. We have not, and
do
not currently intend
to
conduct, any formalreview of this estimate. Accordingly, I have refused this part of your request forinformation under section 18(e) -that the information requested does not exist orcannot
be
found.I note, however, that Treasury officials have discussed the estimate with health officialswhile working
on
recent Cabinet papers. We noted that the $1.9 billion figure cited
is
significantly higher than previous estimates we are aware
of,
and noted
we
would
be
interested
in
better understanding the data and methodology.We have also discussed with the Ministry of Health that
an
updated and robust analysisof the
overall
fiscal and social costs of smoking (extending beyond direct health sectorcosts) would
be
desirable. This would include broader fiscal impacts (e.g.: offsettingsavings
in
superannuation costs due
to
reduced life expectancy, and the distribution ofthis), broader health impacts (e.g.: passive smoking impacts) and social impacts (e.g.:the impacts of smokers' illnesses
on
their families
and
communities). The last detailedwork
in
this area commissioned by Treasury was undertaken by Des O'Dea
in
2001,and it appears from your blog posts that you have already read this work.
Information Publicly Available
The following information
is
also covered by your request and
is
publicly available
on
the Ministry of Health's website:
ItemDate Document Description Website Address
1.
26 October 2010 Better Controls
on
Tobacco htt[!:/Iwww.moh.govt.nzlmoh.nsflRetailing Cabinet Paper andindexmh/better-controls-Regulatory Impact Statement tobacco-retailing
Accordingly, I have refused your request for the documents listed
in
the above tableunder section 18(d) of the Official Information Act -the information requested
is
or willsoon
be
publicly available.
 
This fully covers the information you requested.You have the right to ask the Ombudsman to investigate and review my decision.Yours sincerely
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