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New Zealand plans to ban smoking for anyone born after 2004

New Zealand plans to ban smoking for anyone born after 2004

New Zealand has announced a suite of proposals aimed at outlawing smoking for the next generation. The country is aiming to be smoke-free by 2025. The plans include the gradual increase of the legal smoking age, which could extend to a ban on the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2004. Under consideration were proposals including a reduction in nicotine levels in tobacco products.

Scott Hallinan
Scott Hallinan 2 weeks

When they took away guns I was called an alarmist for saying they would do things exactly like this.

Dave 2 weeks

For a future prediction on what will happen, they just have to look at what happened when America prohibited alcohol.

John 2 weeks

Ever heard of a black market caused by supply and demand? The chumps running New Zealand sure haven't.

Jess Taylor
Jess Taylor 2 weeks

Here in Australia we have seen a decrease in smokers in terms of next generations,obviously not the same country but I don't know why you wouldn't play to that instead of trying to outlaw it. I mean tell young people they can't do something and the result will be...

O'Brien 2 weeks

What happened to you Kiwis? Growing up in Sydney the kiwi boys were always the ones up for anything, play hard, drink hard, party hard, fight hard and always the life of the party. Now you’ve popped your testicles into a jar on the mantelpiece, peeing sitting down, drinking kombucha instead of Speight’s and apologizing because your dog isn’t a vegan yet. Wait till the All Blacks get woke & get the arses handed to them by Japan, it’s coming.

Alfred Ivarsson
Alfred Ivarsson 2 weeks

Smoking is a choice. Gradually raising smoking age until no ones meets it is more tyrannical than just outright banning it. Banning consumption of a drug is more just than unequal treatment based on age.

Jerry Mandering
Jerry Mandering 2 weeks

Back in the 1980’s Canada the then Liberal government upped the taxes on cigarettes to make a pack over $10 and the black market filled the void. There were literal gun battles between police and smugglers who were willing to risk it all for the massive profit they could make. This was without a ban or age limit. The government had to back down as people were dying. The price dropped and the smuggling stopped almost overnight.

Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood 2 weeks

Haha....I've been warning about the xenophobic, commie kiwis every since the prom queen was elected.

Stefnir 2 weeks

Let's not kid ourselves, we know smoking is bad. But banning it will not make the next generation stop smoking. What you're doing is that you're creating a new black market that teens will readily take part in. And if not a black market they'll just ask their parents to buy some cigs. When something is legal you can regulate it, when it isn't anything goes.

Darknimbus3 2 weeks

I myself am not a smoker, but I have to say this is 🍆🍆🍆🍆ing 0um

James 2 weeks

Right now New Zealand collects more than $2 billion in tobacco taxes. If they ban tobacco those tax revenues will have to be sourced from somewhere else...

Just Keep Scrolling
Just Keep Scrolling 2 weeks

They gonna ban pot (still smoke), alcohol, sugary drinks/candy, and every other vice that causes adverse health issues? Man the Kiwis went from a freedom happy nation, to the early days of tyranny within just a couple years.

Tim Baker
Tim Baker 2 weeks

So New Zeeland thinks they can do what we in the states failed to do with alcohol in the early half of thg he 20th century and continue to fail to do now with drugs. What could possibly go wrong.

Milly 2 weeks

It’s kinda funny, there is so much anti-smoking propaganda in this generation (I’m 19) that hardly anyone does it, and if they do, they’re kinda lame. Most kids go straight to vaping, which is only marginally better than cigarettes, also unknown long term. I always feel really funny about drinking ages and smoking ages. In my state you have to be 21 to purchase tobacco, alcohol, or cannabis, but then that just makes things unsafe, and kids become desperate for someone who will buy for them. It’ll be no different. Before my state legalized weed, there were alwready kids at my high school buying and selling, and it’s under the legal age anyway. It’s a bit too authoritarian for my liking to have outright bans, we’ve seen stuff like that continue to fail, and even age minimums bother me because the culture around it makes it actually more dangerous. I always thought that the drinking age should be 18 or 19, but even then kids are drinking and smoking before that. It is interesting to think about

Patrick 2 weeks

Umm population control. Sorry but WE are the invasive species fucking this planet up.

Deet 2 weeks

The illegal cigarette market will be juicy!

Hunter 2 weeks

Prediction of what will happen: Something similar to the drug war we have in the states.

Lord Flashheart
Lord Flashheart 2 weeks

Dictators just gotta dictate.

Iam 2 weeks

Legalize Marijuana and other drugs, ban tobacco.

Sean Donahue
Sean Donahue 2 weeks

Shame on you New Zealand

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