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.

26 January 2021:

Public consultation on the vaping regulations is now open. Responses can be submitted until 5.00pm on 15 March 2021. Read more.

11 November 2020:

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 the industry

The following pages outline what these changes will mean for industry participants.

Information for business and employers

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

Information for schools and early childhood centres

Vaping is prohibited within and around school grounds and early childhood centres. Also there is a requirement to display no vaping notices. Read more.

Information for stop-smoking services and health workers

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 for consumers

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

About the Vaping Regulatory Authority

The Ministry of Health’s Vaping Regulatory Authority is responsible for the regulation of vaping products and smokeless tobacco products (notifiable products). Read more.

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