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New Zealand: Banning sale of cigarettes to new generations “absurd” says Forest

Smokers’ rights campaigners say a new law passed in New Zealand that will ban new generations from ever buying cigarettes is “absurd”.

Director of Forest Simon Clark said, “Banning younger adults from buying cigarettes legally won’t stop people smoking.

“It will merely drive the sale of cigarettes underground with consumers buying unregulated cigarettes on the black market, like any other prohibited product.”

He added, “Absurd policies like this are what happens when governments set targets for countries to become smoke-free.

“Denying adults the right to buy cigarettes legally will infantilise future generations and could make cigarettes more not less desirable.”

Simon Clark

Mission & Vision



Forest’s mission is to protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke or consume tobacco.


Our key aims and objectives are to:

  • counteract the “denormalisation” of smoking, and smokers
  • prevent further restrictions on the purchase and consumption of tobacco
  • establish closer links with other tobacco-friendly groups at home and abroad
  • build support among consumers of tobacco and other similarly threatened groups
  • highlight the increasingly intrusive nature of Big Government in the lives of private individuals