New Zealand creates a smoke-free generation with new legislation to curb the sale of cigarettes.

Anyone who is now 14 or under will never be able to buy cigarettes in New Zealand again, Ayesha Verrall of the New Zealand Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

By 2025, when the current generation of 14-year-olds turns 18, the legislation should come into effect.

Verrall speaks of a "historic day for public health".

New Zealand has long strived to be "smoke-free" by 2025.

To achieve this, the ministry announced more measures on Thursday.

For example, the legal amount of nicotine in tobacco products is kept to a minimum and cigarettes can be sold in fewer and fewer shops.

New Zealand and Australia already charge more than 25 euros for a pack of cigarettes.

Cigarettes have been banned from advertising since the 1960s.

However, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and one in four cancers in the country is caused by cigarettes, according to Verrall.

The legislation does not apply to electronic cigarettes, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls "an alternative" to help people quit smoking.

According to Ardern, the anti-smoking policy ensures that young people do not touch the cigarette.

"Half of those who start on it die from its effects."

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