THE NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT passed groundbreaking legislation yesterday to regulate vaping products
The new law will:

Ban the sale of vaping products to those under the age of 18
Prohibit advertising the products and encouraging people to buy them in-store
Limit the sale of all flavours to vape stores, including online retailers, with shops like dairies (general stores), supermarkets and petrol stations restricted to mint, menthol and tobacco
Allow speciality vape stores to continue offering loyalty points and discounts
Ban vaping in cars with children.
Enable all retailers to display products in-store
Provide a framework for regulations to be set where people are allowed to vape in or outside premises
Introduce a safety system which would allow the Ministry of Health to recall products, suspend them and issue warnings

The legislation is not perfect. The blanket ban on advertising is over-restrictive and reduces the opportunity to promote the safer alternative to smokers. Restricting the sale of flavours except for vape shops will also reduce access.

However, as the Minister says it will save thousands of lives and move New Zealand to a smokefree future faster than ever.