Report proposes NewZealand be smoke-free by 2025

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 3, 2010 05:21




WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand should severely limit the import and use of tobacco and aim to become a smoke-free nation by 2025, a parliamentary committee recommended Wednesday.

The proposal to drastically cut smoking rates was welcomed by health workers and given cautious support from the government, which said the habit is a health hazard but that it would be difficult to completely eradicate it.

The only other country with a similar policy is Finland, which plans to be smoke-free by 2040, said anti-smoking group Action on Smoking and Health director, Ben Youdan. While the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan banned the sale of cigarettes in 2004, the availability of tobacco "has not fallen significantly" since, he said.


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