The decision to prevent people aged 14 and under from legally purchasing cigarettes will enter into force in 2023.
“Thousands of people will live longer, healthier lives. The health system will be $5 billion better off because there is no need to treat diseases caused by smoking, such as many types of cancer,” New Zealand Deputy Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement after the law was passed. used the phrases.
Vernall said, “We want to ensure that young people do not start smoking, so we will make it a crime to sell or supply tobacco products to the younger generation. When the law comes into force, 14-year-olds will never be able to legally buy tobacco.”