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Sale of nicotine containing e-liquids was banned until May 2018 but laws were rarely enforced. A court decision on 9th May 2018 made any tobacco product including e-cigarettes, and heat-not-burn products legal to import, buy & sell - subject to tobacco rules.The court case Philip Morris v Ministry of Health found all tobacco products - except chewing and dissolving types - could be lawfully sold under the Smoke-free Environments Act (1990). The ban on smoking in indoor workplaces, early childhood centres and schools only applies to smoking however individual organisations can ban the use of e-cigarettes as part of their own smoke-free policies. E-cigarettes cannot be sold to minors under 18 and must comply with rules on health information and warnings. There are restrictions on sales via vending machines and packaging must comply with rules on packaging for tobacco products. There are also restrictions on advertising, promotion and sponsorship. The Ministry of Health now plans to consider how best to apply risk-proportionate regulation to all tobacco and vaping products.
Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Allowed[1, 2, 3]
As tobacco products
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell nicotine
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy device online (personal use)
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy nicotine online (personal use)
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to import device - trade
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal to import nicotine - trade
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Advertising & promotion
Public advertising allowed in all Media
No[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 18+[1, 2, 3]
Child & tamperproof containers required
Yes[1, 2, 3]
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
No[1, 2, 3]
Health warning on packaging required
Yes[1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these data boxes show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • Jay Kuten: E-cigarettes, that's the real name "vaping" is the sexier term

  • Recently in this column (Chronicle, February 6 ), I called for greater responsibility of both government and individual citizens for getting the facts on important potential dangers in order to avert paralysing fear and thus, make reason based action possible.

    While the greater focus was global warming, I used as example the rather casual way that so-called vaping has been normalised in New Zealand with minimal to no regulation.

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
  • 17,000 more Kiwis need to quit smoking each year to hit Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 target

  • Another 17,200 New Zealanders need to quit smoking each year until 2025 if we are to reach the goal of less than 5 per cent of the population smoking daily by then, a new study has found. The research, headed up by Professor Nick Wilson of the department of public health at Otago University's Wellington campus, found the country was set to fall far short of the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal if the current trend continues.

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • New Zealand not on track to meet 'ambitious' Smokefree 2025 goal

  • The likelihood of New Zealand becoming smokefree by 2025 appears to be lessening as the deadline creeps closer.

    As part of an ongoing study, a team of University of Otago researchers have found that to achieve the Government's Smokefree 2025 goal – to see fewer than 5 per cent of the population smoke in 2025 – there would need to be five times as many Māori quitting per year and twice as many non-Māori.

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
  • Government has moved too slowly to regulate e-cigarettes, lead respiratory doc warns

  • Dr Stuart Jones says “the horse has bolted” because parents believe it’s safe – when it isn’t.

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • By Ignoring Vaping, Mental Health Orgs Abandon Vulnerable Smokers

  • Recently, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) came out in favor of the use of vaping products for people who have a psychiatric diagnosis. The organization released a statement saying, “The RANZCP acknowledges that e-cigarettes and vaporisers provide a less harmful way to deliver nicotine to people who smoke, thereby minimising the harm associated with smoking tobacco and reducing some of the health disparities experienced by people living with mental illness.”

  • Friday, November 23, 2018
  • New Zealand moves to tighten vaping laws

  • New Zealand lawmakers have announced strict new vaping rules that would see e-cigarettes treated more like tobacco products.

    The country's government has proposed legal changes that would see vaping devices and smokeless tobacco products join cigarettes in being banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces, as well introducing restrictions on how they can be displayed in stores. [...] Health Minister Jenny Salesa said the introduction of new safety standards would also give assurance to those trying to quit smoking using the devices [...]