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New Zealand Bans Disposable E-Cigarettes and Vapes

The New Zealand government has announced a ban on disposable e-cigarettes or vapes. The move comes less than a month after the country repealed a law that aimed to phase out tobacco smoking.

Higher Fines for Selling to Minors

Along with the ban, New Zealand will also raise fines for retailers and individuals who sell vapes or e-cigarettes to minors under 18 years of age.

New Fines and Penalties

  • Retailers face fines of up to 100,000 New Zealand dollars (€55,590) for selling to minors.
  • Individuals will be fined 1,000 New Zealand dollars (€556) for the same offense.

Preventing Youth Appealing Products

The new regulations will prevent e-cigarettes from being sold with images or names that might appeal to young people.

Reason for the Ban

According to Associate Health Minister Casey Costello, e-cigarettes remain “a key smoking cessation device.” However, the new regulations aim to prevent minors from taking up the vaping habit.

Global Trend Against Disposable Vapes

New Zealand is not the only country taking action against disposable e-cigarettes:

  • United Kingdom: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a ban on disposable vapes in 2022, citing concerns over their long-term impacts and potential addiction among youth.
  • Australia: Australia also placed a ban on disposable single-use vapes this year.

The New Zealand government’s decision to ban disposable e-cigarettes and impose stricter regulations on the vaping industry is part of a global effort to curb the rising popularity of vaping among youth and address potential health concerns associated with these products.

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