"In response to the escalating concern about youth vaping, New Zealand introduced a sweeping set of regulations effective September 21. These measures encompass restrictions on nicotine concentrations, flavor names, and the proximity of vape shops to schools and marae. Child safety mechanisms and public sentiment further bolster these regulations, reflecting a proactive approach to safeguarding youth while promoting smoking cessation options. New Zealand's commitment to comprehensive health measures paves the way for a future free from youth vaping pitfalls."
Youth smoking rates have declined worldwide in recent years, and New Zealand is no exception. A record low number of 13 and 14-year-old students smoke cigarettes daily, according to the 2021 ASH Year 10 Survey, indicating a positive step towards Smokefree 2025. As smoking rates decline, another concerning trend is emerging: the uptake of vaping among young people motivated by curiosity. The objective of this article is to analyze the...