World countries fight smoking in many ways. Some are raising the tobacco tax; others are investing in anti-smoking campaigns. New Zealand will ban the sale of tobacco products to generations born in 2008. The government is to reduce cigarette sales points.
No Smoking for Young People
About 13 % of New Zealand’s population are smokers. Most smokers are native Maori people who suffer from higher mortality rates. The country wants to reduce the national smoking rate to 5 %. Young people born from 2008 will not have access to smoking.
According to the Minister of Health Ayesha Verallby, the law should come into force next year. The New Zealand government’s plan meets with conflicting reactions and views. But the public encounters children, and adolescents with a cigarette in their mouths.
Cigarette Sales Restrictions
re currently sold in about 8,000 places in New Zealand. Significant restrictions will come here as well. As a result, the number of stores authorized to sell tobacco products will be less than 500. The Ministry of Health acknowledges that a hole will open in the black market. Stating that “customs authorities will need more resources to enforce border controls”.
The EU uses more democratic methods and campaigns to combat smoking. There is a directive requiring tax to represent at least 60 % of the cigarettes retail price.
Smoking can cause myocardial infarction, hardening of the arteries, stroke, and several cancers, including lung, tongue, and stomach cancer. There are currently 1.1 billion smokers in the world, the most in history. According to new findings, more and more younger people are also starting to smoke. In 2019, smoking-related illnesses killed almost 8 million people.
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