E-cigs exempt as New Zealand brings in world’s first birthdate-based tobacco ban

New Zealand has passed a law introducing a steadily rising smoking age to prevent those currently under the age of 14 from ever being able to legally buy cigarettes.

The country is the first to implement an annually rising smoking age, ensuring cigarettes cannot be sold to anyone born on or after 1st January 2009. The ban will not apply to vaping products.

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Antonia Di Lorenzo

Assistant news editor
Antonia is a member of the editorial team and holds a masters degree in Law from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. She moved in 2013 to London, where she completed a postgraduate course at the London School of Journalism. In the UK, she worked as a news reporter for a financial newswire and a magazine before moving to Barcelona in 2019.

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