Regulation of vaping and smokeless tobacco products

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 regulates vaping products and smokeless tobacco products in New Zealand.

Only notified vaping products permitted for sale from 11 February 2022

This is an important reminder that a key requirement under the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act will be mandatory from Friday 11 February 2022.  

From 11 February, all retailers, Specialist Vape Retailers, manufacturers and importers must only sell notified vaping products and smokeless tobacco products. From 11 August 2021, manufacturers and importers were able to notify their notifiable products through the Ministry of Health’s Health Advisory and Regulatory Platform (HARP).

By 11 February, all manufacturers and importers must have notified the Vaping Regulatory Authority about the products they intend to sell in New Zealand after that date. All products must comply with the relevant product safety requirements before they can be notified, and notifications must be renewed every 12 months, or they will expire. 

Please refer to our product notifications section for further information.

About the Act

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.

Information for...

Industry

Find out what the 2021 regulations mean for the industry.

Businesses and employers

Vaping is prohibited in indoor workplaces, on some transport services, and in certain venues. Read more.

Consumers

Information and resources for people who are looking to quit smoking and are considering vaping as an alternative. Read more.

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