Auckland, New Zealand – New Zealand’s government said on Sunday it will introduce laws banning all advertisements of e-cigarettes and the sale of such products to people under 18 in a move to regulate a market that has been under pressure globally.
A string of vaping-related deaths and illnesses tied to e-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine vapor, often flavored, without smoking, have been reported in the United States, leading to lawsuits and restrictions.
“We are making sure that we are protecting our kids but at the same time ensuring that smokers who want to use vaping as a quit tool still have access to those products.”Associate Health Minister Jeny Salesa told state-owned TVNZ.
The New Zealand bill, posted on the wellbeing service’s site, additionally tries to boycott e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in without smoke territories, limit who can sell them and give the legislature the forces to review or suspend vaping items. In spite of the fact that the quantity of individuals smoking has consistently fallen in New Zealand, as indicated by authentic information, about one out of eight grown-ups, or near a large portion of a million people, are customary cigarette smokers.
The legislature said in the bill, which will be proposed to parliament on Monday, that it “recognizes” that vaping and smokeless tobacco items are less destructive than smoking and the bill would exclude vaping items from a portion of the arrangements that apply to tobacco items.
“The bill enables all retailers to display products in-store, in contrast to requirements that require tobacco products to be out of the public’s sight,” the government said.
In the US, the Trump administration earlier this year banned some popular e-cigarette flavors to curb rising teenage use of vaping products, allowing only menthol and tobacco flavors to remain on the market.
The New Zealand government missed the mark concerning restricting flavors, however as far as possible general stores, for example, comfort outlets, to selling just three flavors: tobacco, mint, and menthol.
“Flavours may be used to attract children and young people to vape or use smokeless tobacco products, however, they also seem to be an important factor in supporting smokers to switch,” the government said.
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