ESNZ Submission on the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill 2020

ESNZ has filed its submission to the NZ Parliamentary Health Select Committee

New Zealand is in pressing need of a regulated environment for electronic and alternative nicotine delivery devices. As noted in the Bill’s introduction, such legislation has to strike a balance between helping smokers stop smoking, and reducing uptake of nicotine consumption by young people. An absence of legislation not only jeopardises the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal, but also exposes New Zealanders to products of unacceptably low quality.

  1. ESNZ recommends the Act’s Statement of Purpose acknowledge that vaping and smokeless tobacco products are less harmful than smoking, and that they may help people to quit smoking.
  2. We support allowing vaping indoors, within workplaces, at the discretion of the individual business.
  3. People should have freedom to share information about vaping and other harm reduction technologies.
  4. Health warnings should be proportionate to risk, since disproportionate statements of risk may impede smokers’ transition to lower harm technologies.
  5. The best way to deal with youth uptake of vaping is by age restrictions on purchase. ESNZ is concerned that flavour restrictions will unbalance the Bill’s aims.
  6. ESNZ recommends increasing the scope of Schedule 2 Part 2 to encompass a more complete list of banned ingredients, not just flavours.
  7. ESNZ recommends regulatory flexibility in relation to snus and related products.

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