The best thing that you can do for your respiratory health is to be smokefree and vape free.
The Foundation acknowledges that vaping, along with wraparound quit smoking support, may help some people to quit tobacco cigarettes.
We recognise that the Ministry of Health needs to balance the availability of vape products as a quit smoking tool, with protecting young people and non-smokers from the harms of vaping.
We believe that currently this balance is off, and that more regulations are needed to protect young New Zealanders from these harms.
The Foundation welcomes recent proposals from the Government to tighten restrictions around vaping. However, we are continuing to push for the following measures:
Read more about the Foundation’s position in this opinion piece by our CE Letitia Harding.
World Health Organisation: Evidence reveals that these products are harmful to health and not safe.
European Lung Association: We cannot recommend tobacco harm reduction as a population-based strategy
American Lung Association: The American Lung Association is very concerned that we are at risk of losing another generation to tobacco-caused diseases as the result of e-cigarettes.
Canadian Medical Association: Health Canada Consultation on Proposed Vaping Products Promotion Regulations
American Association for Cancer Research & the American Society of Clinical Oncology: Updated Position Statement
Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand: Position statement
Manatū Hauora/Ministry of Health: Position on vaping
Effects of vaping on uptake and cessation of smoking: Longitudinal analysis in Aotearoa NZ adults, Drug and Alcohol Review, June 2023