Folks aged 14 in 2027, when the legislation is scheduled to come back into impact, won’t ever be allowed to legally buy cigarettes within the Pacific nation of 5 million, whereas the extent of nicotine in all cigaretttes on sale will probably be decreased.
“We wish to ensure younger folks by no means begin smoking so we’ll make it an offence to promote or provide smoked tobacco merchandise to new cohorts of youth,” stated New Zealand Affiliate Minister of Well being Ayesha Verrall in a press release.
The federal government will seek the advice of with a Maori well being job power within the coming months earlier than introducing laws into parliament in June subsequent 12 months, with the purpose of constructing it legislation by the top of 2022.
That will make New Zealand’s retail tobacco business one of the vital restricted on the planet, simply behind Bhutan the place cigarette gross sales are banned outright. New Zealand’s neighbour Australia was the primary nation on the planet to mandate plain packaging of cigarettes in 2012.
Whereas present measures like plain packaging and levies on cigarette gross sales had slowed tobacco consumption, the New Zealand authorities stated, the nation was unlikely to attain its aim of underneath 5% of the inhabitants smoking each day by 2025 with out additional steps.