Regulation of vaping and smokeless tobacco products
26 March 2021
Process for vaping regulations to come into force
Public consultation on the vaping regulations closed on 15 March 2021. We received a total of 2521 submissions including 1375 from general retailers. Focus groups with Māori and Pacific peoples, run by Hāpai Te Hauora and Tala Pasifika throughout the consultation period, resulted in 919 submissions.
Thank you to submitters for their feedback – every voice counts.
To enable parts of the Act to come into force, we expect some vaping regulations will take effect on 11 August 2021. Other regulations will take effect at a later stage to allow for reasonable transition periods.
- There are a number of important steps ahead before the vaping regulations can take effect: The Ministry of Health is currently analysing submissions from the public consultation and will recommend changes to the regulatory proposals if needed.
- When this analysis is complete, it’s Cabinet’s role to approve the final proposals. We expect this to happen by the end of June 2021.
- Cabinet will then authorise the Ministry to instruct Parliamentary Council Office (PCO) to begin their part of the process – drafting the regulations.
- Once PCO has drafted the regulations, Cabinet will authorise these to be submitted to the Executive Council before they come into force.
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The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020 (the Amendment Act) commenced on 11 November 2020. The Amendment Act amended the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 and renamed it the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 (the Act). View a timeline of key dates
The Act strikes a balance between ensuring vaping products are available for smokers who want to switch to a less harmful alternative and ensuring these products aren’t marketed or sold to young people. Read more.
The following pages outline what these changes will mean for industry participants.
Vaping is prohibited in indoor workplaces, on some transport services, and in certain venues. Read more.
Vaping is prohibited within and around school grounds and early childhood centres. Also there is a requirement to display no vaping notices. Read more.
The Act makes certain public health exemptions from the prohibitions on advertising, and the provision of vaping products to support smoking cessation. Read more.
Information and resources for people who are looking to quit smoking and are considering vaping as an alternative. Read more.
We are seeking nominations for members of the Regulated Products Appeals Committee.
Members need to have an understanding of vaping's health and safety risks, and of the manufacture, importation and/or sale of vapes and smokeless tobacco products. Members also need to be able to provide an objective, independent decision.
Nominations close 5pm, Wednesday 30 June 2021.
The Ministry of Health’s Vaping Regulatory Authority is responsible for the regulation of vaping products and smokeless tobacco products (notifiable products). Read more.
Subscribe to the Vaping Regulatory Authority newsletter update. Read more.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has issued the following public health message on Vaping Facts. Read more.