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Foodstuffs NZ and Z Energy are lobbying the Government to drop a proposed immediate limit to the number of retailers able to sell tobacco products in an amendment bill deemed world-leading smoking legislation.

But the Cancer Society NZ says maintaining the thousands of tobacco retailers across the country will significantly hinder New Zealand's Smokefree 2025 aim.

The health select committee today heard public submissions on the bill, which would mean people aged 14 and under would never be able to legally buy tobacco and dramatically reduce nicotine levels.