New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 Goal
Smokefree 2025 aims to achieve:
- Protection of children and young adults under 18 from marketing and promotional exposure to tobacco products
- Further restrict minors from access to tobacco
- Cutdown tobacco demand and supply
- Provide ready support and the best possible lower-risk alternatives to smoking which includes starter vapour kits and other vape devices
- Strengthen auahi kore (smokefree) and promote a non-smoking lifestyle as the new norm
A smokefree environment leads to:
- Healthier homes, communities, and a healthier NZ
- Lowered risk of children acquiring the bad habit of smoking
- Money saved on expensive packs of cigarettes
- Cleaner, safer air, free from secondhand smoke which accounts for 500 premature deaths yearly
- Better support for the health and well-being of families and whānau
For consumers, Smokefree 2025 means:
- Selling of ecig juices and vape devices within New Zealand is legal
- Heat-not-burn or heated tobacco products will become available for purchase
For manufacturers, importing merchants, and local retailers:
- Distribution of e-juices including nicsalts and vape devices from starter vapour kits to advanced vaping systems has been legalised
- The same law prohibiting businesses to advertise and sell to minors apply when it comes to vaping gadgets
The Growing Support on Vaping in NZ
The popularity and timeliness of vaping led to more research and studies, which found the results were most promising. Following this, towards the end of 2017, the Ministry of Health announced a change that greatly impacted the vaping community. The government publicised their intent to focus on the harm-reduction benefits of vaping to support smokers in their attempt to quit. Vaping, then, was considered as a useful smoking cessation tool.
Vaping Better than Smoking
On the other hand, vapour kits and vape devices have substantially fewer chemicals. Though ecig juices can contain nicotine and a range of toxicants, these have been found at much lower levels. The tested concentrations are also minimal, meaning they are unlikely to cause harm to vapers or bystanders.
Vaping systems offer a healthier transition to eventually kicking the nicotine habit. The varying nicotine levels can be used for the benefit of cessation. By gradually reducing nic strength until the body has adapted, withdrawal symptoms are minimised. Withdrawal symptoms can be strong enough to cause a lot of smokers to relapse. With vaping, the cessation success rate of smokers has increased. Thus, the Ministry of Health was right to recommend vape devices in its aim to realise its Smokefree 2025 goals.