BiotechNZ Moves for Low Nicotine Cigarettes

By: Gyarmati Orsolya Date: 2021. 06. 20. 08:50

Genetic engineering and technologies in producing low nicotine cigarettes could play a major role in ensuring the Ministry of Health’s move toward a smoke-free Aotearoa by 2025.

In 2011 the Government set a goal for New Zealand to be 95 percent smoke-free by 2025. Nearly 85 percent of New Zealanders are currently smoke-free.

Several techniques are mentioned in the ministry’s action plan. However, BiotechNZ Executive Director Dr Zahra Champion said only genetic engineering and technologies can produce low nicotine tobacco on the scale needed to break nicotine’s addictive cycle.

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