Source: Beehive, 29 March 2017
Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the sale
of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal with
"Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is still
developing but there's a general consensus that vaping is much less
harmful than smoking," Ms Wagner says.
"The Government is taking a cautious approach by aligning the
regulations around vaping with those for cigarettes. This ensures
cigarette smokers have access to a lower-risk alternative while we
continue to discourage people from smoking or vaping in the first
New rules for all e-cigarettes, whether or not they contain
- Restricting sales to those 18 years and over
- Prohibiting vaping in indoor workplaces and other areas where
smoking is banned under the Smoke-free Environments Act
- Restricting advertising to limit the attraction of e-cigarettes
to non-smokers, especially children and young people.
"This is an opportunity to see if restricted access to
e-cigarettes and e-liquid can help lower our smoking rates, reduce
harm and save lives," Ms Wagner says.
"The Government is strongly committed to achieving our goal of a
smoke-free New Zealand by 2025."
All vaping products will need to meet quality and safety
standards. The Ministry of Health will set up a technical advisory
group to help define these standards.
A regulatory regime will also be established so the Ministry can
consider whether other emerging tobacco and nicotine-delivery
products should be regulated as consumer products in future.
"Public consultation showed a strong appetite for change so the
Government is looking to introduce an amendment to the Smoke-free
Environments Act this year. The changes will likely come into force
later in 2018," Ms Wagner says.
The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the evidence
concerning e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco and