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New Zealand ‘s ambitious plan to curb smoking in the country is a model for the rest of the world

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If the rest of the world wasn’t in bed with tobacco companies that are. New Zealand authorities have announced a novel piece of legislation that is attracting a lot of attention. According to reports, anyone born on or after 1 January 2009 is no longer permitted to buy tobacco products in the country. Understandably, it is the first legislation of its kind ever to pass in the modern world.

The legislation is meant to help eventually eliminate smoking entirely in the country and it is for life for those that are banned. Anyone born after that date is effectively barred for life from ever buying tobacco products (legally) anyway.

The ban does not include vaping but does include fines for violators up to $141,000. Critics are widely divided on how effective the ban might actually be.

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