From today until 15 March 2023, New Zealanders can have their say about proposed smoked tobacco and vaping regulations that will support the country in its goal to achieve a smokefree future by 2025.
The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act came into force on 1 January 2023, with certain parts of the new legislation coming into effect over time.
Regulations are needed to fully deliver legislative changes that will significantly reduce the retail availability, appeal and addictiveness of smoked tobacco products.
Feedback received through the 10-week consultation will help to shape the final regulations that are needed to support the right settings for the new legislation. The Ministry of Health is seeking public feedback on the draft regulations because it’s important that everyone has a chance to have their say.
The proposed regulations cover a range of areas, including the smoked tobacco retail reduction scheme, low nicotine testing requirements, fees and notification requirements. The proposals also include possible new measures to strengthen existing regulations on vaping products.