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Tobacco ban reversal in New Zealand sparks health concerns

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New Zealand’s forthcoming repeal of a pioneering law prohibiting tobacco sales to future generations has stirred controversy, with concerns raised about potential adverse health ramifications. Scheduled for enactment in July, the world’s strictest anti-tobacco measures would have restricted sales to individuals born after January 1, 2009, enforced reduced nicotine levels in tobacco products, and drastically slashed the number of tobacco vendors, as per Reuters.

Tobacco ban reversal in New Zealand sparks health concerns

The recent coalition government, inaugurated in October, affirmed the imminent repeal, sidestepping public consultation in alignment with previously disclosed plans. Associate Health Minister Casey Costello emphasized the government’s dedication to combatting smoking while advocating for a regulatory shift aimed at dissuading the habit and mitigating associated harm.

Costello asserted, “I will imminently propose a comprehensive array of measures to bolster cessation efforts,” indicating forthcoming tighter regulations on vaping to deter youth engagement. The decision, widely criticized for its potential health implications in New Zealand, has elicited particular scrutiny due to concerns over its disproportionate impact on Maori and Pasifika populations, characterized by elevated smoking prevalence.

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