Calls for stricter regulations on vaping are increasing as concerns grow about its widespread use among young people. A survey by ASH New Zealand rev
Calls for stricter regulations on vaping are increasing as concerns grow about its widespread use among young people. A survey by ASH New Zealand revealed a significant increase in daily vaping among 13 to 14 year olds. The Australian government has recently implemented a ban on recreational vaping, and the UK is considering taking similar measures. In response to the issue, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins, has directed the health minister to propose suggestions to address the problem. Schools across the country are grappling with the issue, with some resorting to CCTV and vape detectors to catch students vaping on school grounds. The survey also found that while smoking rates among 13 and 14 year olds have decreased, vaping rates have skyrocketed. Concerns are raised about the easy accessibility of vapes, especially disposable ones, and the fact that many young people are trying vaping out of curiosity. It is highlighted that vaping may be helpful for those trying to quit smoking, but for non-smokers, it increases the risk of transitioning to tobacco products. Different opinions exist regarding the implementation of stricter regulations, with some suggesting higher prices and restrictions on accessibility.