August 13, 2021
Vape rules toughening up
New rules are coming in for vaping and smokeless tobacco products.
Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall says they cover packaging, product safety, and the responsibilities of manufacturers and importers.
A health warning must now appear on the front and back of the packaging in English and te reo Māori and safety messaging must also be displayed.
To help reduce the attractiveness and appeal of vaping products to young people, cartoons and toys on the packaging are banned.
Only specialist vape retailers will be able to sell flavours other than tobacco, mint and menthol.
From November 28, vaping and smoking in motor vehicles carrying children will be banned.
Dr Verral says Smoke-free Enforcement Officers have powers including to enter and inspect premises, inspect advertising and vaping products for sale, and take air samples, photographs or other recordings.
She says there will be a focus on ensuring protection for children and young people are effectively implemented and enforced.
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