NZ stubs out smoking, passing wide-ranging tobacco ban for future generations

NZ stubs out smoking, passing wide-ranging tobacco ban for future generations

new zealand Will introduce a near-complete tobacco ban next year, preventing anyone born after 2008 from ever buying cigarettes and reducing the amount of nicotine in products sold in the meantime.

Under legislation passed by parliament on Tuesday, cigarettes will be much milder, more difficult to buy and permanently unavailable to anyone currently under 14.

The law effectively raises the smoking age every year, and is designed to reduce the number of people using tobacco products almost immediately.

According to cabinet minister Ayesha Verrall, who was the driving force behind the legislation, the new rules are a step “towards a smoke-free future”.

“Thousands of people will live longer, healthier lives and the health system will be NZ$5 billion (US$3.2 billion) better off because there will be no need to treat diseases caused by smoking, such as many types of smoking cancerHeart attack, stroke, amputation,” she said in a statement.

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The number of adults who smoke in New Zealand is already a relatively low eight per cent.

However, the “smoke-free environment” bill passed on Tuesday is designed to reduce that number to less than five percent by 2025.

As well as an ever-increasing age limit, the new law will reduce the number of retailers able to sell tobacco products nationwide to a maximum of 600, a sharp drop from the current figure of 6,000.

This will also reduce the amount of nicotine in tobacco products.

“This means nicotine will be reduced to non-addictive levels and communities will be freed from the proliferation and clustering of retailers who target and sell tobacco products in certain areas,” Veral said.

Critics warn that New Zealand’s tougher policy could foster an unregulated illegal market in tobacco goods.

The new laws do not ban vape products.

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