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Anti-smoking policy in the world: Australia, New Zealand, England, France

New Zealand’s government has decided to abolish the law banning smoking for future generations to find funds to finance tax cuts. In 2022, the local authorities adopted a pioneering law aimed at eliminating tobacco smoking, including gradually raising the age at which it will be possible to buy cigarettes legally. It meant that people born after January 1, 2009, could never purchase them. The bill was intended to prevent smoking-related deaths and save the healthcare system billions of dollars.

In the first stage of combating smoking devices, Australia will introduce a ban on the import of disposable e-cigarettes at the beginning of January 2024. Subsequently, a ban on the import of all non-therapeutic e-cigarettes for personal use will come into force. In 2024, the Australian government will also introduce legislation to prevent the domestic manufacture, advertising, supply and commercial possession of non-therapeutic and single-use vaporizers.

As part of the national anti-tobacco plan, France will introduce a smoking ban, among others, on all beaches, around schools, and in public parks and forests. Lawmakers also banned disposable e-cigarettes. Meanwhile, hypnotherapy specialists in England and Scotland point to a marked increase in the number of clients, especially young women, who want to quit using e-cigarettes out of concern for their health and the environment.

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