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New Zealand plans to outlaw tobacco sales to citizens born after 2008

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 10 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n3057
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

New Zealand will become the first country in the world to implement a “tobacco-free generation” policy, its government has announced, by banning all sales of tobacco from next year to anyone born after 2008.

The legislation is expected to pass next year, and when it does anyone not yet aged 14 will become ineligible for the rest of their lives to buy tobacco in New Zealand.

“As they age, they and future generations will never be legally able to purchase tobacco,” announced associate minister of health Ayesha Verrall, who is a physician and tuberculosis expert. “Because the truth is, there is no safe age to start smoking.”

No adults will actually be turned away from tobacco stores until 2026, when the oldest of the tobacco-free generation turn 18. But from 2024 the number of shops allowed to …

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