New Zealand's future cigarette ban

New Zealand plans lifetime ban on cigarette sales to stamp out smoking

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 22: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduces a new traffic light system when dealing with Covid-19 onwards the Banquet Hall in Parliament on October 22, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today unveiled a new COVID-19 protection framework, which moves away from New Zealand's original elimination strategy. The new framework will see New Zealand move to a "traffic light" system to manage COVID-19 when 90 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated in District Health Board regions. Once a region reaches the vaccine target, the new framework will come into effect, which will see lockdowns removed and varied restrictions under red, yellow and green phases. (Photo by Rpbert Kitchin- Pool/Getty Images)
By Reuters
09 Dec 2021 2

Dec 9 (Reuters) - The New Zealand government plans to ban young people from ever buying cigarettes in their lifetime in one of the world's toughest crackdowns on the tobacco industry, arguing that other efforts to extinguish smoking were taking too long.


People aged 14 in 2027, when the law is scheduled to come into effect, will never be allowed to legally purchase cigarettes in the Pacific country of five million, while the level of nicotine in all cigaretttes on sale will be reduced.

“We want to make sure young people never start smoking so we will make it an offence to sell or supply smoked tobacco products to new cohorts of youth,” said New Zealand Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall in a statement.

The government will consult with a Maori health task force in the coming months before introducing legislation into parliament in June next year, with the aim of making it law by the end of 2022.

That would make New Zealand’s retail tobacco industry one of the most restricted in the world, just behind Bhutan where cigarette sales are banned outright. New Zealand’s neighbour Australia was the first country in the world to mandate plain packaging of cigarettes in 2012.

While existing measures like plain packaging and levies on cigarette sales had slowed tobacco consumption, the New Zealand government said, the country was unlikely to achieve its goal of under 5% of the population smoking daily by 2025 without further steps.


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  • The lead story refers to 2047. Should this not be 2027 ?

    “Scheduled for 2047, anyone aged 14 at the time will not be allowed to purchase cigarettes ever. New Zealand’s kids are go….”

  • The tobacco pirates have another market opening.
    Like Prohibition, banning simply makes it more desirable. This is a Canute- like response to an insoluble problem.
    Pie in the sky politics!!!!!

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