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in 2023 in New Zealand, people born after 2008 will no longer be able to buy cigarettes

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New Zealand will gradually implement a near-total tobacco ban from 2023 by preventing anyone born after 2008 from buying cigarettes indefinitely, as well as reducing the amount of nicotine in products available to the sale.

According to the text adopted Tuesday, December 13 by the Parliament and intended to reduce the number of people consuming tobacco products, the legal age to be able to smoke will be raised each year. These provisions are a step “towards a tobacco-free future”according to Minister Ayesha Verrall, who was the driving force behind the legislation.

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“Thousands of people will live longer and healthier lives, and the health system will benefit from NZ$5 billion (3 billion euros) by not having to deal with diseases brought on by smoking, such as many types of cancers, heart attacks, strokes and amputations”she said.

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The adult smoking rate is already relatively low in New Zealand, at 8%. The text adopted on Tuesday and named “Tobacco Free Environments” is intended to reduce this rate to less than 5% by 2025.

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The number of sellers authorized to sell tobacco products will be reduced to 600, a considerable reduction compared to the 6,000 that the country has today. The amount of nicotine will also be “reduced to non-addictive levels”added Ayesha Verrall.

According to critics of the text, it could fuel an illegal and unregulated market for tobacco products. However, there is no ban on vaping devices.

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