MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday 11 September 2016
VAPERS CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO MOVE WITH HASTE
The New Zealand Vaping Alliance is calling on the Government to quickly make nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquids legally available for sale and supply in New Zealand.
The Ministry of Health’s Consultation on E-cigarettes closes tomorrow.
“We implore the Government to give legal force to the sale of these products instead of waiting possibly 18 months plus for legislative changes to crawl through the Parliamentary process, said QJ Satchell, President of the New Zealand Vaping Alliance.
“Vapers around the country want to be able to buy nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquids from retailers in New Zealand, not have to buy from overseas vendors and wait for potentially weeks for delivery. Vapers are very pleased the Government has made this announcement, but waiting another year or two doesn’t make sense to them,” said Mr Satchell.
“The current situation is untenable with some suppliers openly selling nicotine e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids, while responsible retailers and product suppliers are placed at a competitive disadvantage as they abide by the current legislative requirements.
“NZVA believes it a sensible regulatory regime is appropriate for e-cigarettes, and welcomes the Ministry of Health’s consultation process. But a swift decision on the sale of nicotine containing e-cigarettes and e-liquids is urgently needed.”
“We believe this focus will achieve the Ministry’s policy objectives of reducing harm from tobacco smoking by providing a safer alternative product for smokers; prevent harm from e-cigarettes through the introduction of appropriate product standards and purchase age of 18 plus; and similarly the introduction of product standards will address issues associated with product safety.
“This approach will support the Ministry efforts to maximise the potential benefits of e-cigarettes and minimise potential risks to smokers and to the wider population”, Mr Satchell said.