To live in a peaceful environment, citizens must adhere to the laws and regulations of the country. Every nation has different rules, and these vary from city to city, state to state, and country to country.
Vaping laws are still evolving as governments around the world are continually changing their legislation according to new information. While vaping is banned in countries such as Mexico, Thailand, Jordan and Oman, its growing popularity may cause governments to modify laws in the future. But for now, the following are the regulations surrounding vaping around the globe.
New Zealands New Vaping Regulation
New Zealand vaping regulations are designed to encourage smokers to shift from cigarettes to e-cigarettes while still guarding its access to young adults under 18 years of age. However, to ensure safety, the government has made it mandatory to notify the Ministry of Health before any new vaping product is released.
Kiwi parliament has already paved its way to vaping legislation to facilitate smokers switch to vaping while putting a restriction on young children. The vaping businesses are not happy with the decision because the bill was passed without recommended amendments. The industry has three months for upgrading the business model in compliance with new regulations.
The Smoke-free Environments and Regulated Products Vaping Amendment Bill aims at implementing the following rules:
- No sale of vaping products to under 18 years teenagers
- No advertisements for products, only in store purchasing
- Petrol pumps, shops, and supermarkets will have only menthol, mint, and tobacco flavors. All other flavors will be available in approved Specialty Vape Retailers.
- Specialty stores can offer discounts and loyalty points
- No vaping with children in cars
- People should follow the provided framework of regulations for vaping in and outside premises
- Ministry of Health has the right to recall products, issue warnings, and implement ban/suspension of products
Australian laws regarding vaping are pretty challenging to understand because each state has its own set of rules and stance. Nationally, nicotine products are considered poisonous and banned. Oddly, using vaporizers is allowed almost in every region if you manage to take your products in and claim to have a cessation device. In January 2020, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners approved nicotine vaping for smokers who failed to quit smoking. The doctors are legally permitted to write this in their prescriptions, but state laws apply to sales, age limit, advertisement, and promotion of vaping products. In case of violation, strict penalties will be used.
Vaping in Europe is governed by the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) which includes a maximum nicotine concentration of 20mg, core safety standards and restricted for users aged 18+. Within the European union there are some minor differences between countries.
Although in France, vaping laws are quite lenient, yet it is strictly prohibited to vape in public, and people are not allowed to take their vapes with them in educational institutes, closed workplaces, and public transport. All products must be registered with ANSES. The French government is taking these measures to ensure the wellbeing of French citizens, and the violation is punishable by law.
Germany is on top of the chart with its liberalization of vaping. Some cities have strict laws regarding nicotine salt e-juices. There is a strict ban on advertisements for these products on print or electronic media. However, advertising on billboards is permitted.
Italians have a welcoming attitude towards vaping because of a tremendous toll of death and health issues because of smoking. Italy believes that motivating people to switch from smoking to vaping will result in better health of citizens, and it will also reduce medical expenses. But the direct or indirect promotion of tobacco products is prohibited. No sale is allowed to under 18 citizens.
The Netherlands has strict laws about e-liquid products. Because of hazardous nature, these products cannot be transported over national lines. Many airlines and other companies have imposed a strict ban on any kind of tobacco substance.
Although vaping is quite popular in the United Kingdom, but there are some imposed restrictions on vaping products to protect consumers’ health. There are the size and nicotine strength limitations, and approval from governments is required before product launch for sale. Authorities acknowledge that vaping is less harmful than smoking, so there is no proper legislation. But still, it is about the owner’s choice if he permits vaping or not on his property. The London underground and many airline operators have a ban on vaping during travel.
Spain’s legislation is much identical to France’s law. It also does not allow vapers to vape in open and public places. The authorities are planning to raise tax and price tobacco products while imposing a strict ban on online sales.
Japan permits the import, sale, and use of e-cigarettes if they do not contain nicotine. E-cigarettes with nicotine are unlicensed medical products and are banned in Japan. A sole company is dealing with the manufacturing and selling of all vaping products in Japan. Although there are not many laws about vaping, still in open places, educational institutes, public transport, and in bars and restaurants, it is not permissible to vape.
How are New Zealand vaping regulations compared with the rest of the world?
Vaping is becoming a buzzing sensation among smokers across the globe, and many countries and their higher authorities agree that vaping is almost 95% safer than regular smoking. The laws for vaping vary from state to state as per the governing authorities.
Researches have shown that cigarette smoking is gradually sinking because of vaping. New Zealand has also legalized vaping, just like other countries. The new law will be effective from November 2020. These rules aim to ensure safety standards and quality of all e-liquids while educating consumers to make informed choices and guaranteeing a secure environment.