New Zealand - The government is reportedly considering limiting the sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine to pharmacies, The information was posted by public health experts in a blog. An opponent of medical control said such a decision would prevent access to a device that has enormous potential to reduce the harm of smoking.
THE E-CIGARETTE: A DEVICE THAT PROBABLY WORKS TOO WELL ...
The use of personal vaporizer has indeed surged internationally. Some use the vape to quit tobacco, others to reduce their consumption. Although there is no comprehensive data on e-cigarette use in New Zealand, a survey by the Health Promotion Agency found that the proportion of adolescents who had used an e-cigarette -cigarette had almost tripled In two years. This has heightened the fear that e-cigarettes may be a bridge for young people between nicotine and smoking.
A LEGISLATION ON NICOTINE NOT VERY CLEAR
In New Zealand, users of electronic cigarettes can legally import nicotine for personal use. On the other hand, it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes containing nicotine although some retailers clearly flout the ban. Nine researchers from the University of Otago and the University of Auckland wrote in the blog of public health experts suggesting possible rules to control the potential dangers of e-cigarettes, while continuing to suggest them legal way.
Their optionthe least restrictiveIs to be sold only in pharmacies, and perhaps by requiring a doctor's prescription. Another proposal would be to ban vaping anywhere where smoking is prohibited, such as inside most workplaces for example. The most extreme option is to centralize the whole system and give management to " Pharmac "(A pharmaceutical company attached to the government) which would therefore be the sole supplier of e-cigarettes and others" alternative nicotine delivery systems While upholding the ministry's current ban.
CURRENT ACT ON E-CIGARETTE IN NEWS ZEALAND
• The Ministry of Health claims that it is illegal to sell electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.
• E-cigarettes can also be used without nicotine, in this specific case the sale is legal except for people under 18 years old.
• It is illegal to sell an e-cigarette with or without nicotine by presenting it as a smoking cessation device.
• The use of e-cigarettes is not covered by tobacco laws, so “vaping” in bars and other workplaces is not illegal, but some companies, including some airlines l 'have already banned.
source : NZHerald