Not such a great alternative ecigarettes
The Government is planning some big changes to the law in relation to the regulation of e-cigarettes. These changes need to go through Parliament before they take effect, this will take place during the first half of 2018.
Recent research suggests e-liquid contains harmful substances which could lead to cancer. Inhaling any substance from any source has the potential to damage lung tissue causing long term conditions such as Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
The proposed changes are to:
- legalise the sale and supply of nicotie e-cigarettes and e-liquid as consumer products
- regulate nicotine and non-nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid
- prohibit sale, and supply in a public place, to under 18-year olds
- restrict sale via vending machines to R18 settings
- allow all retailers to display e-cigarettes and e-liquid at point-of-sale
- all R18 retail setting to display e-gigarettes and e-liquid in-store (including window display), promote products on the outside of the store
Breathe Hawke’s Bay supports these changes as they reduce availability of the products and hopefully help lessen the occurrence of long term conditions. We will continue to lobby alongside the Hawke’s Bay Smokefree Coalition for such changes.
If you have any queries about the use of e-cigarettes give our office a call and one of our registered nurses can discuss 0800 ASTHMA (278 462). If you require quit card information then also get in contact with the office or your GP or quit.org.nz