For the first time in the world, access to cigarettes is being made impossible for the young generation in a country.
New Zealand has approved a new law that aims to make it legally impossible for the next generation to buy cigarettes.
A law passed by New Zealand would make it impossible for people aged 14 and under to buy cigarettes for life.
New Zealand’s Associate Health Minister Ayesha Worrall said the law would allow thousands of people to live longer and healthier lives, while saving billions of dollars in costs associated with smoking-related diseases such as cancer, heart attacks and strokes. will be able to
According to this law, tobacco will never be sold to people born on or after January 1, 2009.
That is, even after 50 years, if a person tries to buy cigarettes in New Zealand, he will have to prove with his identity card that he is at least 63 years old.
Local health officials expect the law to make New Zealand a smoke-free country very soon.
The new law states that the nicotine content of cigarettes will be dramatically reduced while they will be sold in specialty tobacco stores instead of general stores.
Ayesha Worral, while addressing Parliament, said that there is no good reason to allow the sale of a product that kills 50 percent of people who use it.
He said that after the approval of this law, we will be able to end this addiction in the future.
76 votes were cast in favor of this law while 43 members of parliament opposed it.
The bill will take effect in 2023 and targets only tobacco products, while the use of e-cigarettes will remain legal.