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New Zealand bans future generations from buying tobacco

New laws prohibit sales to those born from 2009, reduce nicotine and retailers

A man smokes in Auckland. New Zealand on Dec. 13 passed into law a unique plan to phase out tobacco smoking by imposing a lifetime ban on buying cigarettes by those born in 2009 or after.   © AP

SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Future generations of New Zealanders will be banned from purchasing tobacco as part of a package of new anti-smoking laws that passed parliament on Tuesday and are among the most strict in the world.

The suite of new laws include bans on selling tobacco to anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 2009, punishable by fines of up to 150,000 New Zealand dollars ($95,910). The ban will remain in place for a person's whole life.

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