Cig­a­rettes de­liv­ered for ‘love’

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

An Auck­land com­pany is de­liv­er­ing cig­a­rettes to dis­abled cus­tomers’ homes in un­der one hour as a show of ‘‘love to­wards them’’.

On The Rocks Now is an al­co­hol home de­liv­ery com­pany that launched in early Fe­bru­ary.

The com­pany also de­liv­ers fast food, in­clud­ing McDon­alds, and cig­a­rettes to homes in cen­tral Auck­land sub­urbs be­tween 7am and 11pm.

But there is a catch to or­der­ing food and cig­a­rettes, as they can be or­dered only as an ad­di­tion to al­co­hol.

On The Rocks Now man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Joseph Chacko said its web­site did not pro­mote the sale of cig­a­rettes.

‘‘It is not our in­ten­tion to pro­mote cig­a­rette sell­ing and we just de­liver it to some of our phys­i­cally dis­abled clients as a show of cus­tomer ser­vice and love to­wards them,’’ Chacko said.

‘‘We de­liver to peo­ple over the age of 18 and check their photo IDs be­fore de­liv­ery,’’ he said.

Cig­a­rettes are listed un­der a tab on the On The Rocks Now web­site. No prod­uct images are shown and there is a health warn­ing on the page.

The web­site says or­ders will be de­liv­ered within one hour for a de­liv­ery fee of $5.

Chacko said On The Rocks Now was a third party ser­vice and it did not deal di­rectly with a cig­a­rette sup­plier.

Ac­tion on Smok­ing and Health (ASH) pro­gramme man­ager Boyd Broughton said he had con­cerns about de­liv­ery web­sites mak­ing smok­ing more ac­ces­si­ble.

‘‘It seems there is prob­a­bly a bit of a loop­hole that needs to be looked at when it comes to the sale of on­line

Broughton said.

Broughton said ASH did not want home de­liv­ery com­pa­nies to make it eas­ier for peo­ple to pur­chase to­bacco.

‘‘We want to make it in­con­ve­nient so it is not the first thing to do when peo­ple are in a time of dif­fi­culty. We also want to in­crease con­ve­nience of other ther­a­pies to help peo­ple stop to­bacco,’’ smok­ing to­bacco,’’ he said.

Ma­jor su­per­mar­ket chain Count­down also sells cig­a­rettes through its on­line shop­ping ser­vice.

A Min­istry of Health spokesper­son said cig­a­rette home de­liv­ery was le­gal.

The spokesper­son said the seller must en­sure that they were not sell­ing cig­a­rettes to a per­son un­der 18 years old.

TOM CARNEGIE/FAIRFAX NZ

Te­jas Dalvi and Joseph Chacko from On The Rocks Now.

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