If the position of electronic cigarettes is not completely stable in New Zealand, there is however a real change in behavior. Indeed, vaping is gaining momentum as smoking rates decline.
That's a fact ! In New Zealand, more and more smokers are now turning to electronic cigarettes. But while tens of thousands of Kiwis have been persuaded by vaping and others are looking for ways to quit smoking, planned e-cigarette regulations are still awaiting introduction.
Indeed, the government had planned to change the law regulating electronic cigarettes and to legalize the sale of nicotine products. The regulation was also to introduce a restriction of sale to persons of 18 years and older.
The latest figures of the site Web Smokefree show, however, that smoking rates continue to decline. An estimated 16% of adults smoke in the country. A figure which has therefore fallen by 20% since 2006/2007 and by 26% since 1996/97. It's also worth noting that nearly 80% of the country's youth have never smoked a cigarette.
In 2016, a preliminary analysis by the Health Promotion Agency showed that one in six New Zealand adults had tried e-cigarettes.
according to Ben Pryor, who founded Vapo three years ago, " There is between 100 000 and 200 000 vapers all over the country. growth is exponential. »
The sale of nicotine products is currently illegal in New Zealand although the Ministry of Health has confirmed that no prosecution has been initiated on this point.