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Kiwis Urge NZ Authorities to Encourage Australia to Legalise Vaping

The infamous Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill which bans e-cig adverts and restricts flavours, was passed on the 5th of August. Despite feeling that the bill was rushed in time for elections, the Kiwi vaping industry recognises that the situation is more dire in Australia, and is therefore asking local authorities to […]

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NZ Health Minister Urged to Clarify E-Cig Bill Regulatory Process

“Kiwi-owned vape businesses are disappointed the Government is rushing through its vaping legislation in time for the election campaign, while the local industry remains completely in the dark over the regulations,” said VTANZ spokesperson Jonathan Devery. “As the bill stands, the regulations will take effect a few months after its given Royal Assent. However, alarmingly […]
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New Zealand’s 2020 Budget Did Not Raise Tobacco Taxes

“It’s good news the Minister of Finance didn’t use this Budget to hike tobacco tax, as has been the case for the past four years,” said Nancy Loucas, Director of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA). Loucas believes that while tobacco tax is used as a way of gaining revenue, it has a negative impact on […]
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NZ’s Health Select Committee Understands The Importance of Vape Flavours 

“The Health Select Committee now better understands the importance of vape flavours in helping Kiwis quit smoking. Subsequently, we may see some sensible softening of the Government’s proposed flavour restrictions,” said Jonathan Devery, spokesperson of the Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ) last month. This comment concluded on the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products […]
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New Zealand Reopens Vape Shops

“Having a ‘bricks and mortar’ presence will remain critical as people love to interact with retail staff, see product, and seek advice,” says Ben Pryor, Co-owner of Vapo and Alt New Zealand. As the country has transitioned to Alert Level 2, retailers were allowed to reopen and operate as long as they respect social distancing […]
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NZ Vaping Bill May Benefit Big Tobacco

“We make it very clear that the unintended consequences of such prohibitive regulation will not only make safer nicotine products (SNP) less accessible, less diverse and less appealing but will actually protect cigarette interests. It would discourage smoking cessation and provide fertile ground for the creation of a flourishing black market which would create even […]
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NZ Vape Association Urges Govt. to Keep Vape Stores Open

“There’s a real risk of New Zealand’s smoking rates creeping back up if the accessibility of vaping remains reduced while tobacco products continue to be available as per usual,” said Director of AVCA, Nancy Loucas. In line with similar concerns voiced by other experts across the globe, Loucas explained that given the extra stress and […]
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NZ Vape Association Urges Lawmakers to Follow the UK’s Example

The latest review published by the PHE: “Vaping in England: 2020 Evidence Update Summary” is pointing out that “false fears” about vaping are preventing many smokers from quitting by switching to vaping – something that the PHE itself has long endorsed. Meanwhile, whilst New Zealand’s health ministry acknowledges that the consumption of e-cigs and smokeless […]
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NZ’s Rushed E-Cig Bill Could Decimate the COVID-19-Weakened Industry

As across the globe, New Zealand’s vaping industry is currently striving to survive the current pandemic and is focused on adapting in a way that minimises exposure, whilst keeping their business afloat. Meanwhile, the Kiwi government is rushing the recently released Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill. VTANZ spokesperson, Jonathan Devery said that […]
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