Stop smoking programmes using vaping products

One of the recent changes in the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 (SERPA) defined ‘smoking cessation programme’ as: a programme that is funded (whether wholly or partly and whether directly or indirectly) by a public service with the intention of encouraging smokers to stop smoking

Smoking cessation programmes (SCPs) receive certain exemptions under the SERPA in relation to vaping products which are not available to general retailers (dairies, petrol stations, supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.) outside of an SCP:

  • the distribution or supply of vaping products free or at a reduced charge by parties that are not Specialist Vape Retailers
  • from 11 August 2021, general retailers can sell or supply any flavour of vaping substance as part of an SCP (rather than just tobacco, mint or menthol flavours)

Below is a list of current/planned smoking cessation programmes that include vaping products. Please note the suppliers listed below will be providing the products to community pharmacies as part of the programme, and pharmacies will supply consumers.



Programme Status


Northland – Toki Rau

Vape to Quit (targeted participants)

Starting March 2021


Auckland Ready Steady Quit (all participants) Ongoing Vapo

Waikato and Tairawhiti

Koia nā programme (all participants)

Commenced in Waikato & due to start shortly in Tairawhiti



Vape to Quit (targeted participants)



Southern Vape to Quit (targeted participants) Starting May 2021 Vapourium
Wairarapa TBC (all participants) Starting March 2021 Vendetta Vape Lounge
Mid Central DHB Vape to quit Ongoing Coastline Vape
Hawkes Bay DHB Te O Hakura Ongoing Coastline Vape
Nelson Marlborough

Stop Smoking Service / Te Hā

Ongoing Alt
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