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The small Australian Island state of Tasmania says that it would like to pass a piece of Legislation that would ban the sale of Cigarettes to individuals born after the year 2000.
The ban would be enforced by the year 2018 after having unanimously passed a vote by Tasmania’s upper house.
The idea of a smoke-free generation is the goal, but skeptics say it is easier said than done. The Health minister in the minority Labor-Green Government says she’s willing to explore the idea.
The Tasmanian independent lawmaker who proposed the ban, Ivan Dean was quoted by the Australian Associated Press as saying:
“This would mean that we would have a generation of people not exposed to tobacco products.
“As the generation reaches 18 years, there will be fewer of them smoking and while some of those first turning 18 might smoke, as time goes on fewer and fewer will.”
The argument is that a government ban on cigarette sales would create a black market industry on the small island.