Smoked Tobacco Products

This section provides information about the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 and how it regulates smoked tobacco products in New Zealand and what that means for retailers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of smoked tobacco products.

Latest updates

Update 1 December 2023

Smoked tobacco retail scheme suspended

Following the formation of the new Government and release of the coalition agreements, the Tobacco Regulatory Authority is suspending the application process for the Approved Smoked Tobacco Retailer scheme which was due to close this Sunday 3 December 2023.

We will not accept any further applications from 12pm Friday 1 December 2023. We appreciate the uncertainty for those who are still to apply and for those who have already completed their application/s.

Applications already submitted will be held in the system for the time being. We will provide a further update through our website and sector mail-out once available.

Thank you for your patience.

For any enquiries, you can contact [email protected]

Make a complaint

If your complaint is about tobacco sales to under 18s or smoking in a workplace, then contact your local Public Health Service 

If you have a complaint about a smoked tobacco product, then you can let the Tobacco Regulatory Authority (TRA) know through the complaints form in the HARP portal.


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