[Reuters]-The New Zealand Government has announced a policy to ban young people from buying tobacco for a lifetime. It is the strictest measure in the world, and other measures to quit smoking take too much time.
The bill is scheduled to come into force in 2027, and people who turn 14 in the same year will not be allowed to buy legal tobacco in the country.
“We want to make sure young people never start smoking, so it is illegal to sell or supply tobacco to new young people,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
The government will submit a bill to the parliament in June next year, aiming for legislation at the end of 2010.
If realized, New Zealand will be the world’s most stringent tobacco control country, after Bhutan, where tobacco sales are banned.
Neighboring Australia banned the display of logos on cigarette packages for the first time in the world in 2012.