NZVAPOR have read with interest the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 Proposals for regulations, which outlines how important it is to manufacture to the highest standard, which is what they are already doing. In a commitment to better support smokers to switch to less harmful products, and to protect children and young people from the risks associated with these products, the Government agreed in November 2018 to introduce new legislation that would improve the regulation of vaping products in New Zealand.
The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020 came into force on 11 November 2020. This means that vaping products, in addition to tobacco products and herbal smoking products, are now regulated under the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 (the Act.
The Ministry of Health is seeking your views on a number of regulatory proposals that will provide the operational detail to help achieve the intent of the new provisions of the Act. That intent is to: better support smokers to switch to regulated products that are less harmful than smoking protect children, young people and non-smokers from the risks associated with vaping and smokeless tobacco products.
Regarding manufacturing, they say, “We propose reminding manufacturers of their health and safety obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 when they are manufacturing with hazardous substances such as nicotine. We further propose requiring them to have suitable systems in place for complaints, adverse reactions, and recalls.
“We propose minimum quality standards for nicotine, nicotine salts, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, alcohols, water, tobacco extracts, and flavourings.
“We propose placing several restrictions on the composition of containers. These include restricting the grade of plastic used, child-resistant packaging, the maximum size that can be used for substances containing nicotine, and mechanisms against breakage, spillage or tampering”.