Vaping in an unregulated market
13:45 - 14:00
Industry, Policy and Regulation
New Zealand has almost no controls or regulations on vape products, sales, or use. Government has taken a light touch approach and allowed a thriving vape industry to spring up in response to increasing demand from smokers for less harmful alternates. The New Zealand experience has been largely positive with local entrepreneurs and independent vape stores being a leading source of support for people quitting traditional cigarettes. Concerns about youth vaping have been largely unfounded with recent large scale youth surveys indicating youth vaping is largely confined to smokers. This presentation will focus on what happens when the market, not public health drives change and how policymakers are now scrambling to catch up.
- Ben Youdan ASH New Zealand
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