Researcher worried law change could result in children being attracted to ”vaping”

vapingVaping law praised, criticised
Otago Daily Times 30 March 2017
Family First Comment: “Allowing e-cigarettes to be sold in dairies, service stations and supermarkets would make them too freely available. Instead, sales should be restricted to specialist stores and pharmacies where users could be given expert advice on transitioning from cigarettes to ”vaping”. More detail was also needed on how e-cigarettes could be marketed, to prevent companies using ”provocative themes” likely to appeal to young people.”A University of Otago researcher is worried a law change could result in children being attracted to ”vaping”.

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner yesterday announced nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid would be made legal, probably mid-way through next year.

While some academics praised the announcement, Otago University’s Prof Janet Hoek is worried the law change goes too far.

Allowing e-cigarettes to be sold in dairies, service stations and supermarkets would make them too freely available.

Instead, sales should be restricted to specialist stores and pharmacies where users could be given expert advice on transitioning from cigarettes to ”vaping”, Prof Hoek said.

More detail was also needed on how e-cigarettes could be marketed, to prevent companies using ”provocative themes” likely to appeal to young people.

Other academics and Dunedin e-cigarette retailer Vapourium have welcomed the law change.

They say it will help the Government achieve its aim of making New Zealand smokefree by 2025.

Shops are at present allowed to sell e-cigarettes and e-liquid. This is made up of propylene glycol, glycerine, and flavouring and produces a vapour when heated. The vapour does not contain nicotine.

Users are able to import nicotine e-liquid for personal use and some outlets, including Vapourium in Dunedin, have buyers’ clubs which allow them to legally sell it.

Vaping is not prevented in most places.
READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/vaping-law-praised-criticised
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