New Zealand moves to ban smoking for future generations

Nobody born after 2008 will be permitted to buy tobacco products.
Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand this week moved to effectively abolish smoking within its borders, mandating that anyone born after a certain year will be forbidden from purchasing tobacco there. 

The country's parliament passed a bill that would forbid any citizen born after 2008 from buying tobacco products; the provision will effectively sunset the ability of New Zealanders to purchase cigarettes, cigars and other smoking options. 

The country's health minister, Ayesha Verrall, hailed the country for moving "towards a smoke-free future".

"Thousands of people will live longer, healthier lives and the health system will be $5 billion better off from not needing to treat the illnesses caused by smoking," Dr Verrall said upon the bill's passage. 

Fewer than 10% of New Zealand adults smoke, a number that has been declining even more in recent years.