Questions have been raised recently around e-cigarette use and smoking status classification. Smoking refers to tobacco use, not nicotine use. Once a person stops tobacco use and uses e-cigarettes, they are considered to have stopped smoking and the standard classifications apply (trying to give up smoking, stopped smoking or ex-smoker.) If a person uses nicotine via e-cigarettes but does not use tobacco, they are considered to have stopped smoking. For more information please contact Taranaki Pinnacle MHN practice support and development facilitator Barbara Purdie.
The following vaping information has been provided by the National Training Service (NTS).
The court case Philip Morris v Ministry of Health found all tobacco products - except chewing and dissolving types - could be lawfully sold under the Smokefree Environments Act. This means that vaping and heated tobacco products may be legally imported, sold and distributed in New Zealand.
The same SFEA regulatory controls apply to smoked tobacco, heated tobacco and vaping products that are manufactured from tobacco. This includes the ban on sales to minors and restrictions on advertising. However, the ban on smoking in indoor workplaces, early childhood centres and schools only applies to smoking, and not to vaping or products that are not smoked. Individual employers and business owners decide whether or not to include vaping in their smokefree policies.
The Ministry is developing standards for vaping products, which will be consulted on in 2018 and issued as a voluntary product standard. These are expected to become mandatory when the Smokefree Environments Act is amended.