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New Zealand voices shape vaping regulations

New regulations surrounding vape products are being phased in from tomorrow, August 11. File photo. SunLive.

Regulations to protect young people and non-smokers from the risks associated with vaping have been announced today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall.

The scope of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 was expanded in November, to regulate vaping and vaping products.

“This legislation is focused on a healthier future for Aotearoa.

“It strikes a balance between ensuring these products are not marketed or sold to young people, while ensuring vaping products are available for smokers who want to switch to a less harmful alternative,” says Ayesha.

“New regulations to achieve this cover a range of areas including vaping packaging, product safety, and the responsibilities of manufacturers and importers selling vaping products or smokeless tobacco products.

“To help reduce the attractiveness and appeal of vaping products to young people, we are banning the use of cartoons and toys on packaging.

“A health warning must appear on the front and back of packaging in English and te reo Māori, and safety messaging must also be displayed.

“From tomorrow, manufacturers and importers can start to notify the Ministry of Health of their intention to sell vaping and smokeless tobacco products.

“From February 2022, they must have notified the Ministry before these products can be sold in New Zealand. These products must meet safety requirements before they can be notified,” says Ayesha.

The regulations will be phased in from 11 August 2021, along with previously announced action including banning generic retailers such as dairies, service stations and supermarkets from selling vaping products in flavours other than tobacco, mint and menthol. Only specialist vape retailers will be able to sell other flavours.

From November 28, vaping and smoking in motor vehicles carrying children will be banned.

“As well as ongoing education, enforcement will be key to the success of the regulations. Smokefree Enforcement Officers have powers including to enter and inspect premises, inspect advertising and vaping products for sale, and take air samples, photographs or other recordings,” says Ayesha.

“There will be a focus on ensuring protections for children and young people are effectively implemented and enforced.

“The new regulations will reduce harm, are risk-proportionate, cost effective and workable for the people they affect.

“Finalising the vaping regulations with input from New Zealanders represents an exciting and significant step towards our Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal.

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in this country. While not without risks, vaping has the potential to help people quit smoking as a less harmful alternative,” says Ayesha.

A full overview and timeline of the final vaping regulations are available on the Ministry of Health website.

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It doesn't NEED Regulation.

Posted on 11-08-2021 17:34 | By morepork

It NEEDS BANNING! It does no good for anyone except overseas manufacturers. The claim that it helps get people off nicotine has been demolished thoroughly in numerous properly conducted and controlled scientific tests. (And even if it did, you are doing them no favors with an alternative addiction...) So why is it being allowed? Because somebody somewhere is getting a few bob out of it... (I can’t prove that, but I’ll be amazed if it isn’t so...)

Packaging

Posted on 11-08-2021 07:58 | By

Changing the packaging does nothing and no point putting the health warnings in Maori when very few speak it. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to look into the ingredients if we’re worried about health and where these products have been made as they do differ and every country have different regulations of those ingredients.

Nic salts is too high in NZ

Posted on 10-08-2021 20:44 | By Wonkytonk

Why does our government allow nic salts @60mg of nicotine when the UK for example has a max of nic salts @20mg !? kids are wanting a head rush and use 60mg. Lowest in NZ is 20 if you can find it and UK lowest is 5 mg.