The servo that are BANNED cigarettes: owner of gas station refuses to sell smoke because he wants to help people kick the habit
- The Kaukapakapa Gull gas station is the first smoke-free in New Zealand
- Owner Brett Peachey has made the decision because of many addicted customers
- He said the chance that the cigarette company is being robbed has decreased
A gas station for small towns has become the first in New Zealand to stop the sale of cigarettes.
The Kaukapakapa Gull gas station, northwest of Auckland, became a smoke-free company in April.
Owners Brett Peachey and his wife Julie said they made the difficult decision after talking to many customers who had trouble stopping.
The Kaukapakapa Gull gas station (photo), northwest of Auckland, became a smoke-free company in April
& # 39; We have been running servos for 20 years and we have told many customers that they have tried to quit smoking, "Peachey told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; It's a real problem in the community and we thought smoking was the right decision to make. & # 39;
Peachy opened the smoke-free Kaukapakapa Gull gas station in April, following the sale of their previous gas company.
He said the company has become a safer place to work with a reduced chance of being robbed, since gas stations are usually attacked by cigarette robbers.
New Zealand has an annual increase in tobacco tax each year and the current cost for a pack of cigarettes of $ 25 is $ 37.48 ($ 35.28AU).
Owners Brett Peachey (left) and his wife Julie (right) said they made the difficult decision after talking to a large number of tobacco-addicted customers who struggled to quit
Although there was no impact from the decision, he said that some customers are surprised that they can no longer buy cigarettes.
& # 39; A few people are a bit surprised, but if you explain it to them, we will offer them a chocolate fish for free and it will break the ice & # 39 ;, said Mr Peachey.
& # 39; The sweet alternative keeps them happy. & # 39;
Mr. Peachey said the decision came with a price, saying that there were financial problems due to being a smoke-free gas station.
& # 39; It's just something we have to live with, but we're willing to take on that challenge & # 39 ;, he said.
He has encouraged other gas stations in New Zealand to become smoke-free.
& # 39; If we are the first in New Zealand to do it, it would be good if other gas stations were to come on board and help people to give up the habit & he said.
New Zealand has an annual increase in tobacco tax each year and the current cost for a pack of 25 cigarettes is $ 37.48 ($ 35.28AU)
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