The Ministry of Health has been the key agency for policy development in the tobacco control area and is involved in a large number of policy, service development and operational aspects of tobacco control Read more.
In March 2011 the Government adopted the Smokefree 2025 goal for New Zealand. This was in response to the recommendations of a landmark Parliamentary inquiry by the Māori Affairs select committee. Read more
To reduce the smoking rates for New Zealanders our approach has been based on international best practices. While these approaches have had a significant effect for most groups, the smoking rates for Māori remain relatively high. Read more
This pages summaries the regulatory changes that took effect from 14 March 2018 and links to relevant documents Read more.
Vaping products are electrical devices that produce a vapour by heating a solution (e-liquid). Smokeless tobacco are a diverse group of products that are promoted as being potentially less harmful alternatives to tobacco smoking Read more.
Smokefree legislation applies to schools, early childhood centres, retailers, licensed premises, sports clubs and all employers Read more.
- Infringement notices
- Internal and open areas
- Smoke-free Environments Act 1990
- Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act 2003
Annual tobacco returns filed by manufacturers and importers pursuant to section 35 of the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 which provides guidance on the form for returns and reports Read more.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was developed in response to the globalised tobacco epidemic Read more.
- 18 February 2019: 2018 Tobacco returns are now available
- 10 February 2019: Regulatory impact statement: Prohibiting smoking in motor vehicles carrying children under 18 years of age
- 7 February 2019: Reminder of obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC): Article 5.3
- 20 December 2018: Ministry releases Evaluation of the Tobacco Excise Increases as a Contributor to Smokefree 2025
- 13 December 2018: Regulatory impact statement: Supporting smokers to switch to significantly less harmful alternatives
- 23 November 2018: Cabinet paper published: Supporting smokers to switch to significantly less harmful alternatives
- 22 November 2018: Addressing the Challenges of Young Māori Women Who Smoke: A developmental evaluation of the phase two demonstration project
- 6 August 2018: Tobacco excise tax evaluation: Statement from Ernst Young