The legislation amending the Smoke-Free Environments and Managed Merchandise (Vaping) Act 2020 was handed in August 2020 and got here into power this week. It introduces a spread of guidelines concerning vaping which might be phased in over a 15-month interval till February 2022.
Loucas hopes there gained't be any 'unintended penalties' of the brand new legal guidelines, resembling employers utilizing the rules to attempt to ban workers from vaping outside after they do. they’re attempting to stop smoking.
"We encourage New Zealand's 200,000 vapers to suppose a bit extra earlier than they vape."
Among the foremost modifications:
The sale or provide of vaping merchandise to these below the age of 18 is prohibited
Indoor vaping is prohibited in workplaces, eating places and permitted premises
Vaping in faculties and early childhood facilities (together with outside)
Most vaping product promoting and sponsorship is prohibited and flavors might be restricted
Retailers can not encourage the usage of vaping merchandise (with a number of exceptions)
"The choice of staff to manage vaping the identical means as cigarettes is probably the most damaging public well being coverage in a technology," mentioned ACT chief David Seymour.
"The restrictions on vaping flavors and the ban on promoting will kill one of the best device to stop smoking and condemn extra folks to smoking for longer. Labor has cracked down on a 95% safer various to tobacco as if it was tobacco. "
Well being Minister Andrew Little acknowledged that the modifications meant vaping legal guidelines "are actually much like these round smoking" as the federal government desires to forestall younger folks from accessing them.
"These modifications will stop vaping merchandise from being marketed or offered to non-smokers, particularly younger folks, whereas guaranteeing that they’re accessible to people who smoke who want to swap to a much less dangerous various."