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New Zealand Law to Ban Tobacco Sale to Those Born After 2008

  • Government will raise legal smoking age by one year every year
  • Only low-nicotine cigarettes will be able to be sold
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New Zealand plans to raise the legal smoking age by one year every year, effectively banning the sale of tobacco to people born after 2008.

The government will introduce new legislation next year that will progressively lift the smoking age from 18, starting in 2027, Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said Thursday in Wellington. The new law will also reduce the number of shops that can sell tobacco from 2024, and allow only smoked tobacco products containing very low levels of nicotine to be sold from 2025.