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

Tue 13th December, 2022

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.”

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