The New Zealand Experience with E-Cigarettes
09:15 - 09:30
The sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes (EC) is currently illegal in NZ, although people can legal import EC for their personal use. In June 2016, the Cabinet Social Policy Committee decided, in principle, to legalise the sale of EC, but with appropriate controls. The potential of e-cigarettes to help improve public health depends on the extent to which they can act as a route out of smoking for New Zealand’s 550,000 daily smokers, without providing a route into smoking for children and non-smokers. In 2017 the Government proposed to change the law regulating e-cigarettes. These proposed changes included the legalisation of the sale and supply of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid as consumer products, but with controls. This presentation will provide an overview of the journey to date and possible future direction.
- Prof Hayden McRobbie Clinical Director, Dragon Institute for Innovation (NZ) - Professor in Public Health Interventions, Queen Mary University, University of London
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