Finally after the existence of huge controversies, Lower Hutt's mayor has opened a factory expansion, named Imperial Tobacco, in New Zealand this year.
There is no doubt to say that with the opening of this expansion, millions of dollars along with plenty of new jobs will be offered to the Wellington economy but then at the same time, New Zealand government's dream of making the nation a smoke-free place by 2025 will not be fulfiiled.
Every year, this tobacco factory will produce 4 billion cigarettes and most of them would be exported to Australia. For improving the machinery and its efficiency, the factory owner has already spent $45 million. Now, in one minute, 8000 cigarettes would be produced.
On the opening of it, Mike McInnarney, who is the manager of this factory and is quite pleased with its re-setting said, "It's a very proud day. A lot of hard work's gone into it, our staff have worked hard to get us where we are".
None of Mr. McInnarney and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace smokes. But for them, this business is purely legalized as they are manufacturing a genuine product. Smoking or not is a personal choice and it has nothing to do with business.
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