New Zealand is considering a series of measures aimed at banning smoking, including a radical move that will ban the sale of tobacco to entire generations.
Through a new national action plan, New Zealand hopes to gradually increase the legal age limit for smoking, which can be extended to prohibit the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to everyone born after 2004, which will make this generation illegal smokers. .
Supporters of the initiative call for a drastic reduction in the amount of nicotine allowed in tobacco products and restrictions on where they are sold. The government will also set minimum prices for tobacco and cigarettes. These measures aim to phase out tobacco use in the country and turn New Zealand into a “smoke-free zone” by 2025.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health explained that although smoking rates have declined over the past few decades, there is still a lot of work to be done to reduce tobacco use, “especially among the Maori, Pacific people and people in our least developed communities. “.
New Zealanders are invited to provide feedback on the action plan announced yesterday. Before entering the next stage of the legal process, citizens will be able to express their views on this issue before May 31.
Assistant Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall said that about 4,500 New Zealanders die from tobacco-related diseases every year, and the government is committed to “speeding up progress” in the “combat smoking”.