The government is taking action to address the issue of youth vaping, but school principals believe more needs to be done. New regulations will ban d
The government is taking action to address the issue of youth vaping, but school principals believe more needs to be done. New regulations will ban disposable vapes and restrict the sale of vapes near schools and marae. Flavour names that appeal to children will also be prohibited. While the government hopes these measures will reduce the number of young people vaping, some teenagers are skeptical and believe they will still find ways to access vapes. Recent data shows an increase in youth vaping, and principals express concerns about the difficulty of detecting vaping and its impact on students. They welcome steps to make vaping less attractive to kids, especially with regards to Māori youth. Principals also emphasize the need for support programs to help students quit vaping. While the current regulations are seen as a positive step, some principals suggest considering a total ban on vaping in the future, similar to Australia’s approach. The Minister of Health believes the restrictions strike a balance between preventing youth from starting to vape and aiding adults in quitting smoking.