Vaping - smokefree environments and regulated products

Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Amendment Act 2020 comes into force on 11 November 2020 (except for section 31 which comes into force on 28 November 2021). 

The new law will come into force from 11 November and its provisions will be phased in as follows:

From 11 November 2020:

  • vaping in workplaces prohibited
  • advertising and sponsorship relating to vaping products prohibited
  • sale of vaping products and toy vaping products to under-18s prohibited
  • importation and sale of products for oral use prohibited
  • manufacturers and importers must advise the Ministry of adverse reactions to vaping products

From 11 May 2021:

  • schools, early childhood centres, etc. must display ‘no smoking or vaping’ notices
  • vaping and smokeless tobacco products must not contain colours

From 11 August 2021:

  • new regulations expected to come into force
  • retailers can apply to be specialist vape retailers
  • manufacturers and importers can start notifying their products

From 11 February 2022:

  • only notified products can be sold
  • manufacturers and importers must notify their products each year
  • retailers must display health warnings and R18 notices.

Key timeline information is available to download:

Regulations are needed to implement the Act. Proposals for the regulations will be publicly consulted on in late 2020/early 2021.

Regulatory impact statements, consultations, cabinet papers and business case


In this section

  • In 2011, the Government set a goal for Smokefree 2025. The goal aims to reduce smoking prevalence to minimal levels Read more
  • The Ministry of Health established a Technical Expert Advisory Group on Electronic Cigarette Product Safety to advise on vaping product safety standards. The Group has now completed its work. The Ministry is considering options for the implementation of standards. Public consultation will take place before any standards are finalised Read more
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