The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020 commences on 11 November 2020, amending the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 and renaming it to the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990. The new Act strikes a balance between ensuring vaping products are available for smokers who want to use them to reduce the harm to their health, and making sure these products aren’t marketed or sold to non-smokers, especially young people.
The new Act will be phased in over a period of 15 months following commencement. This means that some things will come into force straight away, and others further down the track. An overview of the Amendment Act’s key timeline is available to download on the Ministry’s website.
NZVAPOR see the ‘pros’ as a regulated market in terms of production and quality of the products; in other words, no more ‘garage concoctions’ so a better quality is guaranteed, buying at your trusted store.
The ‘cons’ are that the Vape industry isn’t allowed to advertise and sponsor anymore. NZVAPOR say, “This is unfortunate because it has a severe impact on the already struggling event industry. The reason is that lawmakers are worried that Vape companies will try to address the youth. Reputable and long-standing companies would never do that, so we’re all suffering from the misbehaviour of other businesses (particular example Juul in the US)”.
The new legislation recognises that the unregulated vaping industry has led to young Kiwis, including those who have never smoked cigarettes, provided with unrestricted access to vaping products through their local convenience store. By providing more convenient access for New Zealand smokers to alternatives to combustible cigarettes the aim is to help thousands more Kiwis transition away from the harmful effects of smoking.
Overall NZVAPOR do welcome that there are regulations in place because it brings the industry out of the shade and into the light, so to speak, so for more information on vape atomizers, vape coils NZ and best vape tanks please go to https://www.nzvapor.com