, in one of the toughest crackdowns on the Tobacco industry, the new legislation is aiming to raise the legal smoking age every year, meaning those who are aged 14, when this law comes into existence in 2023, will never legally be able to buy Tobacco. Vaporisers & e-cigs will not be affected with the new changes in law.
Dr Ayesha Verrall, Associate Health Minister said “we want to make sure, young people never start smoking, so we are legislating for a smoke free generation, by making it offence to sell or supply tobacco products, for those aged 14 when the law comes into effect”.
The legislation will take effect from next year (2023) The government is also looking to reduce the number of outlets selling Tobacco products from 8000 currently to just 500 by 2024, and nearly everyone will see a reduction in the amount of nicotine.
Behavioural cytologist Professor James Brown at University College London, Tobacco and Alcohol research group commended the New Zealand government on its bold strategies to accelerate the progress towards its smoke free goals.
Smoking is the leading cause for preventable death in New Zealand and causes one in four cancers, smoking related harm is extremely high in the indigenous and low-income communities, killing up to almost 5000 people each year.