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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
Yes [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

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Vaping 'about as bad as smoking' warns prominent US anti-smoking activist

  • An American anti-smoking campaigner thinks the New Zealand Government isn't taking a hard enough stance on e-cigarettes.

    Dr Stanton Glantz appeared on Seven Sharp to talk about the dangers of vaping.

    "Every week we find out more bad things about it and in terms of heart and lung disease it's looking about as bad as smoking.

    "It's too soon to say anything about cancer, but there are studies that are beginning to say e-cigarettes turn on cancer causing genes," Dr Glantz says.

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Health professionals increaingly accept tobacco alternatives

  • A majority of healthcare professionals in New Zealand view Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, as a viable alternative to cigarettes if they are legalised and regulated appropriately, according to new research conducted by Frost & Sullivan. New Zealand has moved to reduce smoking rates in recent decades, and currently boasts one of the lowest smoking rates in the developed world. However, almost 600,000 New Zealanders continue to smoke, [...]

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019
  • Will New Zealand Smokers Quit Scandinavian Style?

  • A new nicotine product is being launched tomorrow to make quitting smoking more attractive. The oral product called White Fox contains no tobacco and is about to be launched nationally with lots of interest among retailers. “If New Zealand is serious about making smoking history then it has to provide a wide range of appealing alternatives to cigarettes - White Fox is adding to the options,” said Miles Illemann of NZ Smokefree Tomorrow [...]

  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019
  • New Zealand Government Releases Details Of Marijuana Legalization Referendum

  • The three political parties who are part of a minority government coalition agreed to basic elements of a referendum to allow for the use, possession, sale and cultivation of cannabis for adults 20 and older, which is set to appear on New Zealand’s 2020 ballot. Justice Minister Andrew Little confirmed in a press release that the measure will be binding—meaning that if voters approve the measure, the government will be obliged to follow through on the voters’s will.
  • Monday, May 06, 2019
  • Government recommends smokers dump the cigarettes and pick up the vape

  • Vaping is about to become a Government-recommended way for smokers to quit cigarettes. Despite being increasingly banned in public places, the use of e-cigarettes will soon be promoted as a safer alternative to smoking by the Ministry of Health. A campaign encouraging smokers, and particularly young Māori women, to make the switch will be launched in August and a New Zealand-specific website offering vaping information and tips will go live this month.
  • Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Tobacco tax hike drives up cost of living for beneficiaries, Māori

  • The government's annual 10 per cent hike on cigarettes and tobacco was most keenly felt among the country's poorest, resulting in a higher cost of living for beneficiaries and Māori.

    Stats NZ figures show the cost of living for beneficiaries rose 0.6 per cent in the three months through March, and rose 0.4 per cent for Māori. The national average increase in the cost of living for the period was 0.1 per cent.