According to the Data of the World Health Organization, Using Tobacco is a huge public health issue that kills more than 8 million people per year around the globe. 7 million people die using direct smoking and most importantly 1.2 million non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke die annually.
To address this health issue, New Zealand has taken a step domestically.
Smoking can be identified as a major reason for preventable death in New Zealand and it causes 1 in 4 cancers among New Zealanders.
New Zealand has a plan to make the country smoke-free by 2025. This plan was initiated in 2011. As a part of this mission, New Zealand is going to impose a serious ban on Cigarettes.
Under this recent ban, New Zealand is going to prevent young people, especially anyone born after 2008 to buy cigarettes.
Also, New Zealand planned to reduce the Nicotine level in cigarettes available for elders.
Thirdly, New Zealand will cut substantially the No of retailers who can sell cigarettes.
Can Countries take Inspiration From This?
We all know that many countries have some restrictions on cigarettes, especially when using them and advertising.
Even in the US, former President Bill Clinton has signed an executive order in 1997 that banned smoking inside federal buildings. Also, in 2000, the Department of Transportation has fully banned smoking in passenger flights.
In Sri Lanka, there are some restrictions for tobacco advertising, packing, and labeling, and sales such as smoke tobacco packages should have pictorial and text health warnings.
But when compared with New Zealand, many countries do not have a serious countrywide action plan to fight against Tobacco. The reason for this matter is the influence of the Transnational Tobacco companies. Many countries do not try to completely ban tobacco products due to the influence of those Transnational Tobacco companies.
However, many experts in the field have predicted that if New Zealand will succeeded, this plan can apply to other countries also.
Finally, the world will be watching whether New Zealand’s plan will be a success or a failure.
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