Doctors outraged as extra 4 billion cigarettes head to Oz from NZ

Imperial Tobacco will be spending $45 million on an upgrade to its Petone factory near Wellington.

The factory will be capable of producing 8000 cigarettes a minute, and manufacturing staff will increase from 70 to 120, according to the Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ), which is holding its annual scientific meeting in Canberra.

The cigarettes coming to Australia will supply 100,000 smokers, 20% of whom will die of tobacco-related diseases, TSANZ president Professor Paul Reynolds said.

“Imperial Tobacco is using the expansion and creation of new jobs at its Petone factory to

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