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NZ Vaping Alliance Launched

NEW ZEALAND VAPING ALLIANCE LAUNCHED

Due to the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping, New Zealand’s leading e-cigarette and vaping enthusiasts have launched the New Zealand Vaping Alliance (NZVA).

The NZVA is a New Zealand based advocacy group that seeks to increase awareness and understanding of e-cigarettes and vaping issues.

“A seismic shift is occurring in the New Zealand tobacco market as a significant number of smokers switch to e-cigarettes as a way to reduce health risks associated with cigarette smoking,” said QJ Satchell, President of NZVA.

“Our objective is to become the one-stop-shop for the latest information on e-cigarettes and vaping issues. We will also have stories of real-people who have quit smoking thanks to e-cigarettes.

“More and more New Zealanders are quitting smoking by using e-cigarettes, which has to be a good thing. But as a result of the mix of laws (Medicines Act and Smoke-free Environments Act), people looking at e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking are forced to buy nicotine-containing e-cigarettes from overseas suppliers.

“As a result of this situation, a key part of our advocacy will be on encouraging New Zealand regulators to introduce a separate regulatory framework including age restrictions and product standards for e-cigarettes and e-liquid products,” said Mr Satchell.

The New Zealand Vaping Alliance is comprised of a group of New Zealand’s leading e-cigarette retailers and keen vaping enthusiasts concerned at the absence of a collective voice on e-cigarette use and vaping community issues.

The New Zealand Vaping Alliance website www.nzvapingalliance.co.nz will become a depository of information on the e-cigarette / juice market for media, interested stakeholders (including public health groups) and policy makers. We will also be seeking a more proactive media presence on issues impacting the e-cigarette market and the vaping community.

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