Best harm reduction is quitting, not switching


Lim Chee Han

Smoking is one of the world’s largest preventable causes of premature death, killing more than eight million people and costing the global economy US$1.4 trillion each year. – EPA pic, December 13, 2021.

THE world turns its attention New Zealand for its innovative and bold policy to bar future generations from smoking by ensuring those who are currently aged 14 and below will never be legally able to buy any tobacco product.

The new legislation effective in four years to raise the legal smoking age every year means the population born after 2008 cannot legally smoke, hence creating a smoke-free generation of New Zealanders.


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