Nicotine e-cigarettes to be legalised in New Zealand

The sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal, in a process that will begin this year and is expected to come into force in late 2018.

The Government will align the regulations around vaping with those for cigarettes, Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner announced on Wednesday.

Ms Wagner acknowledges that some retailers are already selling nicotine e-liquid, however no one has been charged for selling or buying the product.

"Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing but there's a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking," Ms Wagner says.

'Vaping' is inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.
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