New Zealand To Ban Cigarettes For Lifetime To Anyone Born After 2008

New Zealand Ban Cigarettes
by Suchismita Pal

‘Cigarette smoking is injurious to health’. While a large chunk of the world population seems to ignore the statement, New Zealand is finally taking it quite seriously. It is making sure that young people in the nation never develop a smoking habit in their lifetime. New Zealand has thus banned cigarettes for a lifetime for anyone born after 2008. Also, the level of nicotine in cigarettes on sale will be curbed down. Read on to know more.


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No Smoking Ever, Young People!

According to an Economic Times report, New Zealand’s Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall has stated, “We want to make sure young people never start smoking so we will make it an offence to sell or supply smoked tobacco products to new cohorts of youth.” While it will be a big blow to the tobacco industry, the decision can aid in negating smoking-related diseases in the country in future. Legal Age For Smoking Tobacco In India Will Soon Be Raised From 18 To 21 Years


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New Zealand Aims To Create A Smoke-Free Generation

The act, which will come into effect in 2027, will disallow people of 14 years and below to purchase cigarettes. And they will never to allowed to purchase them in their lifetime. The country aims to root the smoking habit entirely out of its system. The restrictions will start rolling out in 2024. The number of authorised sellers of cigarettes will be drastically brought down. In 2027, it targets to create a ‘smoke-free’ generation.