Wednesday, December 14, 2022

New Zealand's new laws prohibit future generations from purchasing tobacco

New Zealand bans future generations from buying tobacco under new laws

 SYDNEY: As part of a package of new anti-smoking laws that were approved by parliament on Tuesday and are among the most stringent in the world, future generations of New Zealanders will be prohibited from purchasing tobacco.

The sale of tobacco to anyone born on or after January 1, 2009 is prohibited under the new legislation, and violators face fines of up to NZ$150,000 (95,910). A person will be prohibited for the rest of their life.

Additionally, the legislation will limit the number of tobacco retailers and the amount of nicotine that can be contained in smoked tobacco products by 90%.

In a statement, Associate Health Minister Dr. Ayesha Verrall said, "This legislation accelerates progress toward a smokefree future."

"The health system will be $5 billion better off as a result of not having to treat the illnesses caused by smoking, such as numerous types of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and amputations," and "Thousands of people will live longer and in better health."

New Zealand has one of the lowest adult smoking rates among the 38 countries in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. As part of a government effort to make the country "smokefree" by 2025, the country is tightening its anti-smoking laws even further.

Just Bhutan, which restricted cigarette deals in 2010, will have stricter enemy of smoking regulations.

56,000 adults in New Zealand quit smoking in the past year, representing a half-decade's worth of decline. According to the OECD, 25% of adults in France will smoke in 2021.

According to Verrall, the legislation would assist in reducing the disparity in life expectancy that exists between Maori and non-Maori citizens, which can be as high as 25% for women.

The law was condemned by ACT New Zealand, which has ten of the 120 seats in parliament and claimed that it would drive small businesses out of business and force individuals into the black market.

Although some people will smoke, no one wants to see them. Additionally, Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden stated, "The nanny state prohibition of Labour is going to cause problems."

Retailers authorized to sell tobacco will be sliced to 600 toward the finish of 2023 from 6,000.

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