Government proposes vaping and smokeless tobacco regulations

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The Government has announced plans to regulate vaping and smokeless tobacco products in New Zealand. 

The Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 (SFEA) will be amended next year to give smokers more confidence in the quality of vaping and smokeless tobacco products, while also protecting children and young people from the risks associated with them.

The Cancer Society is excited to see regulation being progressed because public information around vaping is confusing and the product may not be safe. We look forward to the opportunity provide through select committee and parliamentary processes to create good regulations that:

  • support smokers to switch from smoked tobacco to a less harmful product
  • reduce the likelihood of children and non-smokers starting to vape
  • improve the quality of vaping products.

You can read the full Minister's Release here.

Read our position statement on e-cigarettes here.