New Zealand to ban sale of tobacco

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New Zealand is set to ban the sale of tobacco to its next generation, in a bid to eventually phase out smoking.

Reports say anyone born after 2008 will not be able to buy cigarettes or tobacco products in their lifetime, under a law expected to be enacted next year.

The Health Minister , Doctor Ayesha Verall said the move is to make sure young people never start smoking.

The move is part of a sweeping crackdown on smoking announced by New Zealand’s health ministry on Thursday , December 8, 2021.

Doctors and other health experts in the country have however welcomed the “world-leading” reforms which will reduce access to tobacco and restrict nicotine levels in cigarettes.

New Zealand is determined to achieve a national goal of reducing its national smoking rate to 5% by 2025, with the aim of eventually eliminating it altogether.

Currently, about 13% of New Zealand adults smoke, down from 18% about a decade ago. But the rate is much higher – about 31%- among the indigenous Maori population who also suffer a higher rate of disease and death.

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