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New Zealand passes world-first tobacco law to ban smoking for next generation

in Auckland, The Guardian

The country is believed to be the first to implement an annually rising legal smoking age

A teenage girl sits on stairs smoking a cigarette.
New Zealand passes world-first legislation to impose an annually rising legal smoking age in a bid to become ‘smoke-free’ by 2025 Photograph: Mixmike/Getty Images
Tue 13 Dec 2022 00.16 EST

Last modified on Wed 14 Dec 2022 00.10 EST

New Zealand has introduced a steadily rising smoking age to stop those aged 14 and under from ever being able to legally buy cigarettes in world-first legislation to outlaw smoking for the next generation.

Associate health minister Ayesha Verrall said at the law’s passing on Tuesday: “Thousands of people will live longer, healthier lives and the health system will be $5bn better off from not needing to treat the illnesses caused by smoking, such as numerous types of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, amputations.”

New Zealand is believed to be the first country in the world to implement the annually rising smoking age, ensuring tobacco cannot be sold to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009.

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