Journal article

Potential new regulatory options for e-cigarettes in New Zealand

Nick Wilson, Richard Edwards, Janet Hoek, George Thomson, Tony Blakely, Frederieke Sanne van der Deen, Brent Caldwell, Julian Crane

The New Zealand Medical Journal | NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2015

Abstract

While e-cigarette usage has grown rapidly in New Zealand and around the world, the scientific evidence base regarding the net benefits and risks of these types of products at the population level remains uncertain. The health-based policy experience is also minimal. Here, we analyse plausible future regulatory options for e-cigarettes that the New Zealand Government could explore, and that further research could help clarify. These options include: (1) a full free market (an option we doubt is desirable for multiple reasons); (2) controlled increased access through: (a) pharmacy only, (b) pharmacy only plus sales by prescription/ to licensed vapers; (c) additional controls through non-profit..

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