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New Zealand Passes Cigarette Ban for Younger Generations in Hopes of Achieving “Smoke-Free” Future

HeadlineDec 14, 2022

New Zealand passed the world’s first lifetime tobacco ban, barring anyone born after 2008 from ever buying cigarettes, and dramatically reducing the availability of tobacco. The percentage of the population that cannot buy tobacco will increase each year, with the goal of a “smoke-free” future. This is Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall.

Ayesha Verrall: “There is no good reason to allow a product to be sold that kills half the people that use it. And I can tell you that we will end this in the future as we pass this legislation.”

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