No Smoking for next Generation:
On Thursday, New Zealand revealed intentions to make it illegal for youngsters in their early teens and younger to buy cigarettes throughout their lives.
“We want to make sure people never start smoking so that when they get older, they and future generations will never be able to legally purchase tobacco because, the truth is, there is no safe age to start smoking,” New Zealand’s associate health minister Ayesha Verrall stated.
Current tobacco consumption status:
In New Zealand, tobacco sales to people under the age of 18 are currently prohibited. However, beginning in 2027, the age-based prohibition will climb annually to keep a generation from smoking, according to Verral.
New Zealand would also take steps to limit where tobacco is sold, allowing only low-nicotine products to be offered, she said.
Future Plan to stop Smoking:
Starting in 2024, a dramatic reduction in the number of authorized nicotine sellers is scheduled to be implemented stage-wise. Reduced nicotine needs will go into effect in 2025 which will enable New Zealand to have its produced “smoke-free” generation by 2027, according to Verral.
New Zealand’s retail tobacco business is already one of the most restrictive in the world, second only to Bhutan, which prohibits cigarette sales entirely. However, the government stated that more aggressive measures are required to accomplish the government’s objective of fewer than 5% of the population smoking daily by 2025.
The government anticipates that the new laws will reduce smoking rates in New Zealand by half in as little as ten years after they go into force. The government intends to present the proposal to parliament in June of next year, with the goal of having it signed into law by the end of 2022.