New Zealand launches consultation on vaping regulations

Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-26 10:04:46|Editor: huaxia

WELLINGTON, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Health is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say and provide feedback on draft regulations under the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act through an online consultation that opened on Tuesday.

An amendment to the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 (the Act) commenced on Nov. 11, 2020.

"The amendment means that vaping products are now controlled in a similar way to tobacco products," Jane Chambers, Group Manager at the Ministry of Health, said in a statement.

"However, new regulations are required to fully deliver the changes sought by the government and to support the right settings for the legislation," she said.

The proposed regulations cover a range of areas including the display of vaping products in retail stores and websites; the use of harm reduction statements in retail stores and websites; the display of R18 notices at vaping points of sale; packaging requirements for vaping products; and the responsibilities of manufacturers and importers who intend to sell vaping products or smokeless tobacco products.

This consultation is an important step towards better supporting smokers to switch to regulated products that are less harmful than smoking and to protect children, young people and non-smokers from the risks associated with vaping and smokeless tobacco products, Chambers said.

The consultation closes at 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2021. The final regulations will be notified in due course and it is expected they will take effect in August, 2021, with anonymized submissions published on the Ministry of Health website. Enditem