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  • Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Children buying vapes as 90 per cent of online vape stores don't ask for ID: study

  • Just 10 per cent of New Zealand websites selling vaping products require customers to prove they are 18 or older before purchase, according to new research.

    University of Otago public health experts analysed how e-cigarettes and e-liquids were marketed online for the first time in New Zealand.

    Their study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, found the majority of e-retailers in the industry failed to prevent children and teenagers from accessing their products.

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019
  • Young people becoming addicted to nicotine every day vaping market remains 'unregulated', Auckland principal warns

  • The goalposts are shifting on vaping regulation with the Government today saying legislation will be introduced this parliamentary term, which could be nearly a year away, at odds with previous indications the introduction would be late this year. [...] “It’s unacceptable… for every day that we leave that regulation, the market unregulated, is another day that we’ve got more young people being addicted to nicotine and we just can’t have that,” Auckland Secondary Schools Principals’ Association president Richard Dykes said.

  • Monday, November 25, 2019
  • NZ tobacco companies use tax hikes as cover

  • New Zealand’s smokers are paying through the nose for cigarettes after a decade of annual price increases. The average smoker will spend over $100 on cigarettes each week, more than double what they would have spent in 2011.

    But while most attribute that rapid increase solely to tax increases, analysis shows that New Zealand’s tobacco companies used annual tax increases as cover for significant voluntary price increases. These have radically increased tobacco companies’ profit margin while subsidising attempts to attract new smokers and keep current customers addicted for as long as possible.

  • Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Kiwi vaping company Vapo sets its sights on premium market in UK

  • One of the biggest names in New Zealand vaping is making a play for the UK market.

    Vapo, the company owned by entrepreneurs Ben Pryor and Jonathan Devery, has hit retail shelves in the United Kingdom with a range of nicotine vape products.

    Michael Mason, who has been appointed as the national sales manager for Europe and the United Kingdom, says there has already been strong uptake of the products this far. "We're set to sign with some of the UK's best well-known vape retailers," Mason said.

  • Monday, October 21, 2019
  • Vaping products now sold in NZ pharmacies

  • Vaping products are now being sold on pharmacy shelves throughout New Zealand.

    Vaping company Vapix, which is branded as a health product, is now being sold in Unichem and Life Pharmacy stores around the country.

    The product is only available to those older than 18 and is marketed at smokers, encouraging them to "make the switch". Marie Bennett, the owner of Unichem All Seasons Pharmacy in West Auckland, said the decision to stock vaping products came about from customers requesting the products as a means to quit smoking.

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • New data shows cigarette sales have fallen much more sharply in the past two years

  • The number of cigarettes being sold in New Zealand looks to have fallen more sharply over the past two years or so, according to new stats released to 1 NEWS under the Official Information Act.

    The Health Promotion Agency has published statistics showing the number of cigarettes sold in millions over four-weekly periods. Those numbers are gathered from supermarket, service station and liquor store sales numbers by AC Nielsen.