June 12, 2023
Door closing for vape shops
A public health and tobacco control researcher hopes the Government hasn’t bungled a crack down on vaping.
From August all vapes sold must have removeable or replaceable batteries, only generic flavour names can be used and new outlets will be banned within 300 metres of schools or marae.
Dr Anaru Waa, the co-director of the Aspire-2025 tobacco control research network, says that creates a window of opportunity for the vape industry.
“You’d expect a huge number of new vape retailers being set up in that time so we might go past the saturation point because we’ve seen the numbers really explode in terms of – older people don’t but really young people, those numbers have gone through the roof so I I wanted to be a vape retailer I’d be rushing in now to do it,” he says.
Dr Waa says the government needs to hit the right balance of giving smokers an alternative to tobacco and deterring rangatahi from
taking up vaping.