State of Smoking in New Zealand | Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

state of smoking in New Zealand

This page was last edited on: October 10, 2019

smoking rate

party to the world health organization framework convention on tobacco control (who fctc)


since the who fctc

regulatory environment

New Zealand is one the most heavily regulated countries, when it comes to tobacco. The Smoke-free Environments Act (SFEA) of 1990 imposed a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotion, including a ban on the display of all tobacco products at points of sale. Smoking in public, indoor places is also widely prohibited. Non-nicotine e-cigarettes are unregulated in New Zealand; however, because nicotine is a scheduled substance under New Zealand’s Medicines Act, sale and supply of e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn products, and snus are outlawed by the SFEA. In 2017, the Ministry of Health recommended amending the SFEA to allow for the legal sale of e-cigarettes with restrictions. These recommendations also outlined a pre-market approval process for reduced-risk and smokeless tobacco products.

media dialogue

New Zealanders are well educated on the dangers of smoking. Media coverage includes the benefits of smoke-free environments and the use of vaping and e-cigarettes as a healthy alternative to cigarettes.

views of alternatives to smoking

Vaping products and e-cigarettes are used frequently in New Zealand and covered in a relatively positive way by the media.

by the numbers

“To help people quit effectively, we need a range of products and support so people can find what works best for them. Different things will work for different people.”

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