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New Zealand bans future generations from buying tobacco under strict new anti-smoking laws
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New Zealand on Tuesday has passed a strict new package of anti-smoking laws that ban tobacco sales to future generations as part of the county’s effort to create a "smokefree future," officials say.
The legislative package approved by parliament outlaws the sale of tobacco to anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 2009, punishable by fines of up to $95,910. It also reduces the number of businesses licensed to sell tobacco to 600 by the end of 2023, down from 6,000, according to Reuters.
"This legislation accelerates progress towards a smokefree future," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall was quoted by the news agency as saying.
"Thousands of people will live longer, healthier lives and the health system will be $5 billion better off from not needing to treat the illnesses caused by smoking, such as numerous types of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, amputations," she added.
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