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Smoke Free Legislation coming into force from 11 November 2020

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020 comes into force on 11 November 2020 (except for section 31 which comes into force on 28 November 2021). 

The new law will come into force from 11 November and its provisions in the Amendment Act will be phased in.

From 11 November 2020, vaping is prohibited:

  • inside workplaces (with limited exemptions)
  • at schools, early childhood education and care centres
  • on aircraft carrying passengers domestically for hire or reward
  • on passenger service vehicles such as buses, trains, taxis and rideshare services
  • in booking areas, passenger queuing areas, passenger waiting rooms, and passenger lounges within any enclosed travel terminal
  • in any part of a casino, restaurant or licensed premises that is not an open area

From 11 May 2021:

  • vaping products and smokeless tobacco products that contain colouring substances cannot be sold in New Zealand.

From 11 August 2021:

  • general retailers can sell vaping products and smokeless tobacco products only if they are tobacco, mint or menthol flavoured
  • Specialist vape retailers may continue to sell products of any flavour that is not expressly prohibited.

From 28 November 2021:

  • vaping is prohibited in motor vehicles carrying children.

From 11 February 2022:

  • only ‘notified’ vaping and smokeless tobacco products that meet product safety requirements will be available for purchase from retailers

See Regulation of vaping and smokeless tobacco products for more information.

Nancy Loucas

Nancy Loucas

Nancy comes from a diverse administrative background that includes surgical research administration, teaching (primary and tertiary level), executive administration and community property management. For over 15 years she has been very active in community advocacy with youth, lower income folk needing advocacy and now, vaping advocacy. She brings a wealth of scientific, medical and research administrative/management knowledge with her to her role as CEO/Director at AVCA.

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