New Zealand to ban youths from buying cigarettes for life Hope to eliminate smoke lions in Thailand.
The BBC news agency reported that on December 9, the New Zealand Ministry of Health announced plans to ban the sale of cigarettes to young people. in the hope of ultimately eliminating smoking. The proposal would make it impossible for people born after 2008 to purchase cigarettes or tobacco products for the rest of their lives. It is expected to be enacted into law next year.
The medical community and public health experts welcomed New Zealand’s revolutionary plan. aimed at reducing access to cigarettes and limiting the levels of nicotine in cigarettes. New Zealand is committed to meeting the national goal of reducing the national smoking rate by 5% by 2025, under the goal of ultimately eliminating smoking, currently around 13%. Of the young adult population in New Zealand who continues to smoke, this is down from 18% a decade ago, but smoking rates have risen to around 13% among indigenous Maori peoples who also face higher rates of disease and death.
In addition to the above guidelines New Zealand Government Proposes Key Tobacco Control Measures This includes limiting the points of sale of cigarettes. without allowing them to be sold in supermarkets and corner shops This will result in the number of cigarette outlets being reduced to less than 500 from the current 8,000.