Vaping products are a less harmful alternative to smoking for people who are looking to quit the habit and become smokefree.
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).
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.
The Act does this by regulating the safety of vaping products and placing controls on the marketing, advertising, and promotion of vaping products.
Prohibitions on consumption
From 11 November 2020:
Vaping is prohibited:
- inside workplaces (with limited exemptions)
- at schools, early childhood education and care centres
- on aircraft carrying passengers domestically for hire or reward
- on passenger service vehicles such as buses, trains, taxis and rideshare services
- in booking areas, passenger queuing areas, passenger waiting rooms, and passenger lounges within any enclosed travel terminal
- in any part of a casino, restaurant or licensed premises that is not an open area.
From 11 May 2021:
- vaping products and smokeless tobacco products that contain colouring substances cannot be sold in New Zealand.
From 11 August 2021:
- general retailers can only sell tobacco, mint or menthol flavours of vaping products and smokeless tobacco products
- specialist vape retailers may continue to sell products of any flavour that is not expressly prohibited.
From 28 November 2021:
- vaping (and smoking) is prohibited in motor vehicles carrying children.
From 11 February 2022:
- only vaping and smokeless tobacco products that have been notified and that meet product safety requirements will be available for purchase from retailers.
If you or someone you know has experienced an adverse reaction to a vaping product, you should report it to the retailer where you bought the product, and tothe New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre as soon as possible.
This will help the Vaping Regulatory Authority monitor the safety of notifiable products on sale in New Zealand.
Information and resources
Information and resources about vaping can be found at: