New Zealand MOH v. PMI

The Ministry of Health ('MOH') charged Phillip Morris Ltd. with selling tobacco product called “Heets,” a heated tobacco product, in violation of Sec. 29(2) of the Smoke-free Environment Act 1990 (‘the Act’). The Act prohibits the sale of tobacco "labelled, or otherwise described as suitable for chewing, or for any other oral use (other than smoking)." The Court held that the Act was originally intended to control the sales of chewing tobacco and other tobacco products consumed orally, and therefore "Heets" did not fall within Sec. 29(2).


New Zealand Ministry of Health v Phillip Morris (New Zealand) Ltd., CRI-2017-085-001107 [2018] NZDC 4478

  • New Zealand
  • Mar 12, 2018
  • The District Court of Wellington


Plaintiff Ministry of Health

Defendant Phillip Morris (New Zealand) Limited

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