In order to curb out smoking in the country, New Zealand is considering banning cigarettes for people who are born after 2004.
It seems like the long endeavors of lawmakers to make the country smoke-free by 2025 are soon going to bear fruits as the country has started a debate about making it illegal for the younger generation to buy tobacco who is born after 2004.
While the rest of the world is legalizing intoxicating drugs such as Marijuana, New Zealand proposes a prohibition of even filters by limiting the number of places where these products are sold and making these products expensive.Dr. Aysesha Verrall, who is the associate health minister of New Zealand, believes that the country needs a brand new approach towards tobacco consumption as around 4500 citizens lose their lives every year to this problem.
According to The Guardian, she believes that the country needs to speed up the progress to make it to the 2025 goal, and in order to achieve that, she proposes a control over businesses run solely on the sales of tobacco. And this is not only a mere proposition as she thinks the program has to go beyond assisting people in quitting smoking.
According to her, the lawmakers need to protect their youth and upcoming generations from harming themselves from tobacco as it is the most injurious product consumed throughout history and it needs to be stubbed out.
Interestingly enough, his proposition and plan are widely appreciated and endorsed by various public health organizations such as New Zealand’s Cancer Society whose chief executive Lucy Elwood further draws the public’s attention towards a high number of tobacco businesses in low-income areas.
According to Dr. Ayesha, there has to be a bias-free effort towards all the communities of the society if the country truly wishes to solve this widespread disease and save the future generation from taking the most-sold consumer product.
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