Foun­da­tion wants rules for va­p­ing

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

The Asthma and Res­pi­ra­tory Foun­da­tion says there’s no reg­u­la­tion in New Zealand around va­p­ing and the or­gan­i­sa­tion is want­ing the prac­tice to be in­cluded in smoke-free ar­eas.

The foun­da­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Leti­tia O’Dwyer, says the horse has bolted and is con­cerned that more va­p­ing shops are open­ing up (in Welling­ton) and the nu­mer­ous posters, re­tail pro­mo­tion ma­te­rial, ad­ver­tis­ing in cin­ema toi­lets and ra­dio ad­ver­tis­ing ap­pear to be tar­get­ing mi­nors.

“This is a clear dis­re­gard of the smoke-free ar­eas (SFEA) and un­til it’s amended, re­tail­ers should con­tinue to trade re­spon­si­bly.”

Leti­tia said the ad­ver­tis­ing and selling of va­p­ing prod­ucts to chil­dren and young peo­ple needs to be reg­u­lated and en­forced.

“It’s about balance. We need to get this right in terms of sup­port­ing peo­ple to give up smoking but not at the ex­pense of our chil­dren’s res­pi­ra­tory health.”

Cur­rently there are 7700 va­p­ing flavours and all are avail­able to be bought on­line.

“By of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent and at­trac­tive flavours such as Vam­pire Blood (le­mon­ade with rasp­ber­ries), and Dragon’s Spit (choco­late and mint ice­cream) which are ob­vi­ously aimed at youth, this should give us all cause for con­cern.”

Fur­ther­more, it’s not known about the safety of e-va­por prod­ucts.

“It’s too early to tell the long-term con­se­quences of us­ing th­ese prod­ucts.”

Leti­tia asks why there’s a Min­istry of Health caveat on va­p­ing and e-cig­a­rettes.

“At this stage the min­istry does not have enough ev­i­dence to rec­om­mend th­ese prod­ucts con­fi­dently as a ces­sa­tion tool.

“The min­istry ad­vises smok­ers to use ap­proved smoking ces­sa­tion medicines in com­bi­na­tion with be­havioural Quit­line.”

Leti­tia said the top five to­bacco com­pa­nies are be­hind e-cig­a­rettes and va­p­ing and it’s re­ported that Phillip Mor­ris To­bacco spends $43 bil­lion a year on th­ese new prod­ucts.

The to­bacco gi­ant ad­ver­tises its next gen­er­a­tion Mesh e-va­por prod­uct that uses “a new ap­proach to va­por gen­er­a­tion”.

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