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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/

Products
Restrictions on flavour range
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/

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, July 18, 2019
  • Vape shops on rise in region

  • Vape retailers are popping up all over Southland and the responses from customers have been nothing but positive, owners say.
    Vaping has made its way across Southland over the past few years as more people switch from smoking.

    While there has been much scepticism since it was introduced to New Zealand, some Southlanders have capitalised on the new craze. Vape Box owner Craig Dawson, who opened the first dedicated vape shop in Invercargill in 2016, said initially people were cautious but ''mostly just curious''.

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • New data on e-cigarette use among New Zealand adults

  • Around one in six New Zealand adults have tried e-cigarettes but only 2 percent are using them currently, a national survey has found. However, the research led by the Health Promotion Agency and recently published in the scientific journal Addictive Behaviours also found more than half (56.5 percent) of current smokers had at least tried e-cigarettes. Paper co-author, Professor Richard Edwards, [...] says daily use is highest among current smokers (3.1 percent) and among people who had quit smoking in the last year (9.0 percent), [...]

  • Monday, July 01, 2019
  • Should e-cigarettes be banned?

  • New Zealand's Ministry of Health has launched a new campaign spruiking vaping as a way to help quit smoking.

    It makes clear that the health effects of vaping aren't known, and that if you don't smoke you shouldn't use e-cigarettes. Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman from the University of Sydney's School of Public Health and tobacco treatment specialist Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn, from UNSW, speak with Kia Handley.

  • 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 [...]