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Will selling  cigarettes be banned?

Will selling cigarettes be banned?

There is a demand that India needs legislation to phase out smoking. In New Zealand, people born after 2009, i.e. under the age of 14, are banned from smoking and selling tobacco products including cigarettes to them.New Zealand is the first country in the world to enact such a law. A reduction in the number of smokers could reduce New Zealanders' healthcare spending by R40 trillion ($5 billion) a year. A law can do no greater good to a country than these. That is why it is considered a historic law.

India needs smoking cessation legislation more than New Zealand. Therefore, the smoking age in India should be raised to 21. A law should be passed banning the sale of cigarettes to people born after 2001. The Government of India in consultation with the State Governments in this regard may take the step of enacting a law with a visionary vision.

``Smoking is bad for the body; It is not enough to warn that ``causes cancer and kills life''. It is the duty of the government to rescue the public, especially the youth, bit by bit from that deadly habit. Will there be a ban on cigarettes?