Netherlands Ups Legal Age To Buy Cigarettes

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The Netherlands has set a new legal age to buy cigarettes in order to reduce smoking among young people.

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On Tuesday, the senate approved a bill that is designed to increase the legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products to 18 from 16.

On October 10, the House of Representatives approved the legal age legislation, which was proposed by Martin van Rijn, state secretary for the ministry of health, welfare and sport.

From next year, the new age limit will become effective for the sale of both tobacco and alcohol in the Netherlands.