New Zealand will ban the sale of tobacco to its next generation, hoping to eventually phase out smoking.
People born after 2008 will not be able to buy cigarettes or tobacco products in their lifetime. The new law is expected to be in place in 2022. New Zealand’s Health Minister is resolved to ensure that young people never start smoking. They are determined to achieve a national goal of reducing its national smoking rate from 13% to 5% by 2025 and eventually to zero.
The government also introduced major tobacco controls, including cutting down where cigarettes can be sold. The number of shops authorized to sell cigarettes will be drastically reduced to under 500 from about 8,000 now. The move is part of a crackdown on smoking announced by New Zealand’s health ministry on Thursday.
New Zealand’s health ministry says smoking causes one in four cancers and remains the leading cause of preventable death for its population.
In 2017 the country adopted vaping — smoking e-cigarettes that produce a vapor that also delivers nicotine — as a pathway to help smokers quit tobacco. It has become more popular among younger generations. Health authorities warn that vaping is not harmless. Researchers have found hazardous, carcinogenic agents in e-cigarette liquids as well.
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