NZ Herald 6 August 2020
The “wild west” vaping industry has three months to get its house in order after a new law banning advertising and restricting flavours has finally passed under urgency.
It’s taken 620 days to get the law over the line after Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa promised to regulate the industry in November 2018.
It wasn’t until this year she introduced the bill, which was voted through the House late last night – just before the final sitting day in this term of government.
Salesa blamed the delays on it being a “complex bill”, and said it was the most significant change to the Smokefree Act.
“It has taken a while.”
The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Vaping Amendment Bill will come into effect in three months’ time, in November.
It has broadly been welcomed but some fear it is too restrictive and could result in people using vaping as a smoking-cessation tool to turn back to cigarettes.
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