New Zealand Debates Use Of E-Cigarettes For Reducing Smoking

With New Zealand’s government seeking to use e-cigarettes as a tool to reduce smoking rates across the country,  E-juice NZ shops and companies have been watching and waiting for the outcome. But, the NZ Government’s goal; Smokefree 2025, is already in hot water, as critics wonder about the warnings about e-cigarettes and their potential health issues.

During the 3rd week of December 2017, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ made their counterargument; saying that there was no clear, empirical evidence that proved that using e-cigarettes actually reduced smoking rates, and wondered if, perhaps, the NZ Ministry of Health were making moves based on incomplete information, with regards to facts about e-cigarettes.

These statements followed the recent briefing from health officials in October 2017, made to the incoming Government’s Members of Parliaments, which stated that, compared to smoking, vaping was a healthier, and safer option, in light of recent evidence that showed that it was actually useful in helping people quit smoking.

The aforementioned briefing was part of a series of planned legislative developments set in motion by the prior government, which would officially regulate e-cigarettes, set regulations for E-juice NZ shops to follow, and locations where e-cigarettes could or could not be used.

According to the Ministry of Health themselves, the experts say that, while e-cigarettes do come with their own risks, they are still, by and away, less harmful than traditional smoking. The chemicals found in e-cigarette vapour have been noted as similar to the ones found in traditional cigarettes, which include some carcinogenic compounds, but in far smaller doses, or at negligible levels. General consensus seems to be that e-cigarettes are farm less harmful to their users and the people around them.

Earlier in December 15, a collaborative Maori Public Health Service , the HāpaiTe Hauora, came out and spoke regarding the idea. According to them, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation could put a hamper on the government’s plans, and, whilst they are open to idea presented by Smokefree 2025, there are hurdles to overcome.

HāpaiTe Hauora’s Dr. Lance O’ Sullivan, says that, as a General Practitioner in Kaitaia, he was fully aware of the issues of smoking, and that it wasn’t as simple as just telling people to stop smoking. He says that, the truth of the matter is that it is ‘bloody hard’ to stop smoking, and the Māori’s smoking rate have changed little.