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New Zealand to ban cigarettes for people under 18

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New Zealand is sticking to its target of making the country cigarette smoke-free by 2025.

It's an ambitious target to rid itself of ciggies within four years, but it appears the Ardern government has found several ways that could make it happen.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the Administration is weighing up a proposal to create a smoke-free generation.

That would involve setting a date next year where anyone under the age of 18 would ever be able to buy cigarettes.

https://www.ladbible.com/news/latest-new-zealand-unveils-how-it-could-by-smoke-free-by-2025-20210415

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/smokefree-new-zealand-government-looks-at-limiting-nicotine-age-restrictions-in-2025-goal

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susieice

The US has done this for quite a few years already. You have to be 18 to purchase cigarettes.

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Eldorado
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According to Wikipedia, the aged 18 purchase restriction is already in place for New Zealand...

Smoking Age: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_age

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Horta

The way I read the op is that starting from a certain year anyone 18 or under will never be allowed to purchase cigarettes. In other words anyone with dob of 2004 or later will never be able to purchase cigarettes ( then, or In the future).

Assuming I read it correctly it amounts to prohibition anyway, which rarely works, but who knows.

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rashore
12 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

According to Wikipedia, the aged 18 purchase restriction is already in place for New Zealand...

Smoking Age: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_age

I had kinda wondered... and checked the source links from Wiki. One is a bad link, one does not have anything about smoking, but the third had something. https://web.archive.org/web/20150614011446/http://www.sfc.org.nz/infohistory.php

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  • banned the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 16 years (raised to 18 years in 1998)
  • 2010, enabling Smoke-free Enforcement Officers to issue instant infringement fines to those selling tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18

So I'm not entirely sure what this new restriction or banning is from the OP. Maybe someone from NZ will pop in and give us some more info about what this is. 

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Dreamer screamer

Ban them full stop!!     Great, now I am sounding like a communist. :cry:

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