The Government has confirmed that New Zealand will legalise the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes.
Officials have indicated that the decision was primarily made due to the scientific evidence that e-cigs are less harmful than regular cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are widely considered healthier than regular cigarettes, with Public Health England saying that vaping is around 95% safer than smoking.
”There’s a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking,” said associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner.
”The Government is taking a cautious approach by aligning the regulations around vaping with those for cigarettes.
”This ensures cigarette smokers have access to a lower-risk alternative while we continue to discourage people from smoking or vaping in the first place.”
The move by the New Zealand Government seems to contradict lawmakers in Europe and the USA, who are both in the process of imposing fierce regulation on the vaping industry and culture.
If the scientific evidence is carefully considered, legalising e-cigs a sane move by the New Zealand Government.
A recent report found that vaping doubles a smoker’s chances of quitting, whilst another said that vaping does not produce a stress response in viable epithelial lung cells, unlike tobacco smoke.