No-one under the age of 14 will ever be allowed to buy cigarettes in their lifetime in a desperate bid to eradicate smoking from the country.
Each year the age limit will be increased until it's illegal for the entire nation under NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Adern's radical plan.
The mandate will also see 7,500 of the country's 8,000 suppliers and tobacconists out of business, with the government saying they will have to find a new model.
Jacinda Ardern's sensational plan to make New Zealand the world's first smoke-free country will force 7,500 businesses out of work
Each year the age limit will be increased until it's illegal for the entire nation under NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Adern's radical plan
Officials believe the country will save $5billion in health costs related to smoking as a result of the smoke-free 2025 action plan.
'We want to make sure young people never start smoking so we will make it an offence to sell or supply smoke tobacco products to new cohorts of young people,' Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said .
'People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco.'
The government say the estimated 7,500 companies banned from selling cigarettes will have to find new income streams and explore a new business plan.
'While smoking rates are heading in the right direction, we need to do more, faster to reach our goal,' Dr Verrall said.