New Zealand Smoking Bans: Radical New Laws Will Stop Young People From EVER Buying Cigarettes as Nation Goes ‘Smoke Free’
New Zealand is banning young people from ever buying cigarettes as part of an ongoing program to make the country smoke-free by 2025.
No one under the age of 14 will ever be allowed to buy cigarettes under the country’s ban on smoking.
Every year, an additional age group is added to the list of prohibitions until it is illegal for the entire country.
“We want to make sure that young people never start smoking, so we will make it an offense to sell or supply smoked tobacco products to new groups of young people,” NZ Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said on Thursday.
“People who are 14 years old when the law goes into effect will never be able to legally buy tobacco.
‘We are also reducing the attractiveness, addiction and availability of smoked tobacco products.
“New laws will mean that only smoked tobacco products with a very low nicotine content will be allowed to be sold, with a significant reduction in the number of stores that can sell them.”
The new rules will not come into effect immediately to allow retailers to move away from relying on cigarette sales, said Dr. verrall.
Only 500 stores across the country will be allowed to sell cigarettes once the new legislation goes into effect, and will have to apply for a license similar to a bottle store that needs a license to sell alcohol.
The national target is that by 2025 only 5 percent or less of the New Zealand population will still smoke.
As part of the strategy, cigarette prices have increased by 10 percent each year between 2011 and 2020, but no further tax hikes are now being proposed.
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