Three key measures were implemented today which Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall said would guarantee future generations of New Zealanders a ‘smokefree future.’
The three measures are:
Reducing the amount of nicotine allowed in tobacco products, decreasing the numbers of retailers that sell tobacco and prohibiting the sale of all tobacco products to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009.
The number of retailers permitted to sell tobacco products will be reduced from the current number of 6,000 to 600 by the end of 2023.
8% of adult New Zealanders smoke daily, according to Verrall.
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