Latest Ministry of Health position on Vaping and smokeless tobacco

Ministry of Health position statement – Vaping products

Key Messages

  • The best thing smokers can do for their health is to quit smoking for good

  • Vaping products are intended for smokers only

  • The Ministry believes vaping products could disrupt inequities and contribute to Smokefree 2025

  • The evidence on vaping products indicates they carry much less risk than smoking cigarettes but are not risk free

  • The Cochrane Review found that vaping products can help people to quit smoking, but acknowledges that the evidence is weak due to little data

  • Smokers who have tried other methods of quitting without success could be encouraged to try vaping products to stop smoking. Stop smoking services should support smokers using vaping products to quit

  • There is no international evidence that vaping products are undermining the long-term decline in cigarette smoking among adults and youth, and may in fact be contributing to it

  • Despite some experimentation with vaping products among never smokers, vaping products are attracting very few people who have never smoked into regular vaping product use

  • When used as intended, vaping products pose no risk of nicotine poisoning to users, but e-liquids should be in child resistant packaging

  • The Ministry of Health is identifying safety standards for vaping products in New Zealand. In the meantime, vapers should buy their products from a reputable source like specialist retailers.