Kiwi Group Argues Against Curtailing Flavors


End Smoking NZ group has urged the government of New Zealand to curtail legislation set to impede vapor product sales.

The government aims to restrict vapor product flavors to three varieties—mint, menthol and tobacco. End Smoking NZ fears the rule will drive people who have used vapor products to quit smoking back to cigarettes.

“This rapid decline in cigarette sales shows vaping products are clearly working,” said Ends Smoking NZ in statement. “However, the government’s over-regulation of flavors will mean cigarette sales are set to get a boost. No wonder tobacco companies are welcoming the flavor restrictions as they will simply help preserve traditional tobacco’s longevity.”

 In 2019, cigarette sales totaled 2.13 billion pieces in New Zealand.

“The success of vaping, and the huge dent it has made on cigarette sales, is due to the accessibility and appeal of vaping to adult smokers,” said Ben Pryor, co-owner of Alt New Zealand and VAPO. “Adults love flavors, and those successfully transitioning from cigarettes to vaping need comparable nicotine. If you tighten the screws on both, you are simply making it harder for Kiwis to quit smoking and that’s a very poor public health outcome.”



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NZ Vaping Petition Presented to Parliament Five Days Too Late


“Over 17,000 Kiwis signed a Parliamentary petition on vaping, which was then completely ignored until five days after the vaping bill was passed. It’s so disappointing and shows what a sham the whole process has been from beginning to end,” said Loucas.

The public submission period was shortened by the Minister’s request, and oral submitters had to present via teleconference during the height of lockdown, naturally already a stressful time for everyone.

Earlier this month, New Zealand’s Parliament rushed to pass the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill before rising for the election campaign. Together with many other tobacco harm reduction advocates, Loucas has previously expressed disappointment at the fact that Parliament was only going to be sitting for three weeks before the bill was going to be given a second reading.

The public submission period was shortened by the Minister’s request, and oral submitters had to present via teleconference during the height of lockdown, naturally already a stressful time for everyone. “We’ve been calling for legislation for years, and to think it could now be rushed through under Urgency is completely unacceptable. Sadly, the only winners will be the shareholders of multinational corporations,” said Loucas at the time.

“Given time is now short, Parliament should do the right thing and debate the bill after the election. Then MPs will have a fresh mandate and be more focused to deal with the many complex issues the proposed regulation brings.”

Vape bill rushed in time for elections

Kiwi smokers and vapers have been let down by a disengaged Health Select Committee, which sided with opponents’ emotion, rather than basing the bill on scientific evidence.

However, none of the above was considered and the bill was passed unamended. “This key piece of legislation was passed under Urgency after the public submission period was shortened and oral submitters presented via teleconference. Then just before the bill was passed to a near-empty Parliament, Minister Jenny Salesa had to push through her own last-minute amendments, again proving the shortcomings of the bill and the process,” said Loucas.

She had already pointed out that New Zealand smokers and vapers have been down by a disengaged Health Select Committee, which sided with opponents’ emotion, rather than basing the bill on scientific evidence. “As it stands, general and online-only vape retailers will be permitted to sell just three vape flavours – mint, menthol, and tobacco. Adults, however, love flavours. That’s how they successfully switch from cigarettes. By limiting flavours, you’re just limiting the opportunities smokers have to quit tobacco.” Sadly, this seems even more the case now.

Vapers ignored

The AVCA’s petition to Parliament had requested “that the House of Representatives debate the Government’s proposal to limit flavoured nicotine e-liquids to mint, menthol and tobacco.” Shockingly, the petition was not even looked at until five days after the bill had already been passed.

“The fact that Parliament finally passed the bill on 5 August and my petition got presented on 10 August after Parliament had risen really sums up this whole process. At least we tried to save more smokers’ lives. Sadly, the same can’t be said for our elected representatives,” says Nancy Loucas.

New Zealand: Vape Brand Alt Launches Advertising Campaign Before Ban



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New Zealand: Vape Brand Alt Launches Advertising Campaign Before Ban

“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 Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ) spokesperson, Jonathan Devery last month.

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill has now been passed without the recommended amendments, and the vaping industry has three months to update itself in order to be compliant with the new regulations.

Devery’s comments came just as the final stages of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill were being debated. Sadly, the bill has now been passed without the recommended amendments, and the vaping industry has three months to update itself in order to be compliant with the new regulations.

 

In response to this, the largest Kiwi-owned vape company co-owned by Devery and Ben Pryor, is investing significantly in what will be the last marketing campaign before the bill goes into effect next November. Pryor and Devery have previously pointed out that this advertising ban will only benefit Big Tobacco.

“Alcohol advertising is allowed, yet vaping which has helped achieve record-low smoking rates and hasn’t killed one Kiwi, is not. It makes little sense and will simply lead to less New Zealanders giving up cigarettes,” says Pryor.

Advertising should be regulated not banned

While the bill bans any adverts related to vaping products, public health messages approved by the Director-General of Health, such as those in smoking cessation campaigns, will be permitted.

“The industry would be very happy to use its profits to promote vaping as an incredibly effective way to quit smoking. We would adhere to any heavily regulated advertising and message restrictions. Limited advertising works well in the UK, but unfortunately New Zealand businesses will soon lose any opportunity to reach out to smokers,” said Pryor.

New Zealand’s Vaping Bill is Passed  


“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 Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ) spokesperson, Jonathan Devery last month.

The bill has now been passed without the recommended amendments, and the vaping industry has three months to update itself in order to be compliant with the new regulations.

“As the bill stands, the regulations will take effect a few months after its given Royal Assent. However, alarmingly the industry still doesn’t know any detail around the many proposed regulations. We are absolutely committed to ensuring all our products and practices comply, but it’s difficult when there remains so much uncertainty,” he added.

Devery’s comments came just as the final stages of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill were being debated. Sadly, the bill has now been passed without the recommended amendments, and the vaping industry has three months to update itself in order to be compliant with the new regulations.

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Vaping Amendment Bill will include the following rules:

  • “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 specialist stores, including online retailers, with shops Like dairies, supermarkets and petrol stations restricted to mint, menthol and tobacco.
  • Allow speciality 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.”

A missed opportunity

Tobacco harm reduction expert and co-director of the Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) Nancy Loucas, reiterated that this bill constitutes a missed opportunity. “New Zealand has missed its best opportunity to get as close as possible to Smokefree 2025, with the vaping legislation sadly falling well short,” she said.

In line with the comments by VTANZ, the AVCA has also recently voiced disappointment in the fact that the public submission period for the bill was shortened on Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa’s request. “This has been a poor process from beginning to end with vaping advocates, consumers and businesses forced to respond in a totally sub-optimal way. It didn’t have to be like this. This legislation could’ve been so much better and would’ve saved more lives from deadly combustible tobacco, but sadly the political blinkers were on,” she said.

Additionally, said Loucas, it is disappointing that MP Nicky Wagner’s proposed amendment to legalise oral tobacco-free nicotine pouches wasn’t supported, when this would have given Kiwi smokers another safer alternative to turn to in order to help them quit and keep off smoking with no adverse health problems.

“Then there’s our parliamentary petition that 17,357 people signed nearly six months ago. It obviously counted for nothing and we’re still awaiting Parliament’s response! Parliament unfortunately sided with the opponents’ emotion not the evidence. Let’s just hope New Zealand’s record-low smoking rate doesn’t start rising. MPs have been warned,” said Nancy Loucas.

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New Zealand’s 2020 Budget Did Not Raise Tobacco Taxes



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New Zealand un-bans vaping, says it’s good for public health


The government of the islands of New Zealand – a country of 5 million people off the coast of Australia, has reversed its ban on nicotine-containing vape juice.

In a bold move, the New Zealand government also decided to exempt nicotine containing liquids from the strong tobacco control laws in New Zealand – a country where cigarettes are sold in plain packages with some of the highest excise taxes in the world.

“That’s an important thing”, said New Zealand Health Minister Nicky Wagner, “so that when a smoker goes into the dairy, he or she will see cigarettes at a very high price and e-cigarettes much cheaper.”

It’s not all good news, however, as vaping will be banned in enclosed public spaces. But on the whole, vape shop owners were happy with the decision – to date they have been providing nicotine-free eliquid at their stores. While the addition to nicotine in stores is not uncommon in the country, no-one has ever been arrested for it.

Cosmic, which claims to be the country’s leading e-cigarette retailer, and its owner Mark Carswell, were delighted by the decision.

“We stand behind the counter day after day. We’re at the coalface,” he said. “We have smokers who’ve been smoking 30, 40 years saying this is the best thing that’s happened to them.”

Peter Beckett is MD of Beckett Associates



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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 vulnerable groups and does little to motivate the public to quit smoking.

“AVCA does not support tobacco tax hikes. Too often they’ve been used as a revenue gathering exercise and always hit the vulnerable the hardest.”

“AVCA does not support tobacco tax hikes. Too often they’ve been used as a revenue gathering exercise and always hit the vulnerable the hardest. They’re terribly regressive and I would argue have had little impact on the likes of Maori with 31% still smoking. Sure, we’ve seen New Zealand’s overall smoking rates fall to a record 12.5% low, but that’s largely due to education and the arrival of vaping,” she said.

The AVCA believes that education and the availability of safer alternatives is the way forward in decreasing smoking rates, added Loucas. “We support the Government investing in campaigns via its own Health Promotion Agency to encourage smokers to switch to vaping. However, we don’t support the Government effectively taxing our poorest households more. Thank goodness that has stopped.”

“The Government is right to stop harming smokers. It would’ve made nominal difference to our smoking rates, inflicting more pain on our poorest households. Instead, it now needs to deliver progressive vaping regulation to ensure more Kiwi smokers make the switch to something that’s considerably less harmful to both their health and back-pockets,” she said.

Big tobacco uses taxes as an excuse to raise tobacco prices

The last annual tobacco tax increase was of 11.5%, and went into effect on January 1st this year, taking an average pack of 25 cigarettes to over $41. Meanwhile, a recent analysis has indicated that Kiwi tobacco companies have been using annual tax increases to cover significant voluntary price hikes.

Professor Richard Edwards, an Otago University academic and co-director of the ASPIRE 2025 project, is pointing out that excessive and hidden voluntary price hikes are a common practice of tobacco companies across the globe. “The industry tends to portray itself as fighting tax increases so as to help out smokers, when really it is clear they often use such increases to bring in price increases that they blame on the government.”

The analysis indicated that these voluntary price increases by tobacco companies in New Zealand have been hiding in plain sight. While regular tax increases have increased the price of an average cigarette pack by approximately $1.70 per year, tobacco companies have simply added an extra $1 to go into their own pockets.

New Zealand Launches a World-First Vapes’ Recycling Programme 



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New Zealand government advises smokers to drop cigarettes and pick up vapes

Although the use of electronic cigarettes is banned in more and more public places, the use of electronic cigarettes will soon be promoted by the Ministry of Health as a safer alternative to cigarettes.

An official New Zealand website that provides information and advice on electronic cigarettes will be launched this month and a quit-smoking campaign will be launched in August.

The campaign replaces cigarettes with electronic cigarettes to help smokers quit smoking.

Especially for young Maori women, New Zealand’s total smoking rate is 13.8%, while Maori women’s smoking rate is as high as 32.5%.

The campaign marked a change in the position of the Ministry of Health, which has been cautious about the position of e-cigarettes.

A spokesman said that for smokers who want to quit smoking, “Vaping is a safe way”.

The scientific community agreed that the harm of electronic cigarettes is significantly lower than that of cigarettes, and it is likely to replace cigarettes to quit smoking, but more research is needed to prove it.

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It is reported that a man named Danfoster started using electronic cigarettes ten years ago.

It also says that switching from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes is not only cheaper, but also seems to solve some health problems.

“I used to get a very serious sinus infection every three months, and now it’s completely gone,” Danfoster said.

He spends about $17 a pack of cigarettes a day, but he now spends up to $35 a week on e-liquids.

Ashburton spokesman Ben Youden said there was still a lot of misunderstanding about e-cigarettes, many people still thought it was as bad as smoking, and research showed that e-cigarettes were 95% less harmful than cigarettes.

Although the initial cost of e-cigarette equipment ranged from $50 to $100, financial gains quickly compensated for that cost.

In more than a year, the cost of using electronic cigarettes is only about 10% of that of cigarettes.

The New Zealand Vape Advisory Board is Expected to Become the Largest Vape Alliance

The CECMOL team traveled to New Zealand to conduct strategic cooperation with various regions and established the New Zealand Vape Advisory Committee. At present, the areas that have been cooperating, including Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton, have signed agreements with them. Members of the committee include well-known local distributors, wholesalers, distributors, brands and world organizations.

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Electronic Cigarette Technical Expert Advisory Group

The New Zealand Vape Advisory Board is expected to become the largest e-cigarette alliance in New Zealand. On the one hand, it will help raise the acceptance of vapes by New Zealanders and get rid of the dangers of traditional cigarettes. On the other hand, it will add a new force to the e-cigarette market and provide e-cigarette companies with market information and consumption habits of the e-cigarette industry in New Zealand, so that the channels for publicity and promotion will be more abundant and it will promote the development of the e-cigarette industry.

New Zealand is a highly developed capitalist country. The World Bank ranks New Zealand as one of the most convenient countries in the world, and its economy has successfully transformed from an agricultural-based to an internationally competitive industrialized free market economy.

As is known to all, in 1990, the New Zealand government implemented a “smoke-free bill” in order to achieve a “smoke-free” environment in 2025. E-cigarettes are included, which could not be legally promoted and sold in the market, and could only be placed in opaque counters.


On December 1-2, 2018, the Oceania International E-cigarette Exhibition will be held at the ASB Exhibition Square in Auckland, New Zealand. Not long ago, in June of this year, the New Zealand Government Ministry of Health officially announced on its official website that e-cigarettes are fully legal (including nicotine vape juice and heated non-combustible products) E-cigarettes can be sold legally in the New Zealand market, hoping to save many lives lost in smoking-related diseases and meet the government’s goal of a total ban on smoking by 2025. Driven by factors such as policy support and market positives, the future of New Zealand’s e-cigarettes market is inestimable.