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New Zealand’s parliament voted through the first draft of a bill that will ban tobacco sales for people born after 2009 this week. This will be the strictest tobacco laws in the world.
New Zealand has the purpose of creating the world’s first smoke-free generation.
As the law goes into effect from next year, in 2073, which is 51 years later, people in New Zealand under the age of 65 will not be able to purchase cigarettes legally, becoming the officially a ‘non-smoking generation.’
According to the Hankook Ilbo, the British daily news Guardian reported on the 26th that the ‘Smoke Free Act 2025’ successfully passed the first round of discussion and voting.
The key to this anti-tobacco laws is to prohibit the purchase of cigarettes for the rest of their lives for those under the age of 14.
In addition to prohibiting the purchase of cigarettes, the anti-smoking law includes ▲ lowering nicotine ▲ reducing the number of cigarette stores and ▲ expanding the budget for tobacco addiction treatment services.
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