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New Zealand to Ban Smoking for Next Generation in Bid to Outlaw Habit by 2025



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New Zealand's legislation means the country's legal smoking age will increase every year. (Shutterstock)
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New Zealand has announced it will outlaw smoking for the next generation, so that those who are aged 14 and under today will never be legally able to buy tobacco.

New legislation means the legal smoking age will increase every year, to create a smoke-free generation of New Zealanders, associate health minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said on Thursday.

“This is a historic day for the health of our people,” she said.

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