Nicotine-containing e-liquids are currently regulated as tobacco products in New Zealand by the Smoke-free Environments Act, which prohibits their sale. Non-nicotine e-liquids and e-cigarettes that are not marketed as therapeutic products can be legally sold, and nicotine can be imported provided it’s for personal use only.
Vaping in smoke-free places is not prohibited by the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. However, individual organisations can ban the use of e-cigarettes as part of their own smoke-free policies.
The Government is planning to change the law regulating e-cigarettes. These changes need to go through Parliament before they can take effect, and this will likely happen from the middle of 2018 at the earliest.
The proposed changes are to:
legalise the sale and supply of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid as consumer products
regulate nicotine and non-nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid as follows:
prohibit sale, and supply in a public place, to under 18 year olds
restrict sale via vending machines to R18 settings
allow all retailers to display e-cigarettes and e-liquid at point-of-sale
allow R18 retail settings to display e-cigarettes and e-liquid in-store (including window display), promote products on the outside of the store, and offer discounts, free samples, loyalty awards etc.
prohibit broader advertising, e.g. billboards, radio, TV, Internet (the rules above will apply to retailers’ websites)
prohibit vaping in workplaces and other areas where smoking is not allowed under the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 (SFEA)
set requirements for product safety (e.g. nicotine concentration, child-resistant closures etc.)
There are a number of vape stores to be found throughout New Zealand, mainly around the Auckland area, Wellington, and Christchurch with a smaller number to be found in some other areas of the country.
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New Zealand became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.
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