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NZ First leader Winston Peters promises to stop Government from 'ripping' off smokers

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has promised one punter on the campaign trail today that he'll stop the Government from "ripping" off smokers.

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“I’m going to make sure they stop ripping you off and lying to you whilst taking two billion dollars off you,” the NZ First leader told one man in Albany. Source: 1 NEWS

During a walk this afternoon in Albany Mall, on Auckland's North Shore, Peters told a punter, "I'm going to make sure that they stop ripping you off and lying to you about a 2025 smokefree environment whilst taking $2 billion off you."

"I've got better recipes for you to go to a non-smoking environment than that."

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