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New Vaping Regulations

New vaping laws and regulations in NZ will be coming into effect later this year and next, and it’s important you’re aware of the changes.

Are Disposable Vapes Getting Banned in NZ?

A commonly asked question is whether disposable vapes are banned in NZ. No, disposable vapes are not banned in New Zealand. However, single-use/disposable vaping devices will need to meet certain requirements, and have updated features, inline with the new regulations defined by the New Zealand Government. 


What’s Changing

From the 21st of December, 2023, all single-use/disposable devices will need to incorporate the following features:

  • Child safety mechanism
  • Removable battery
  • Concentration of nicotine must not exceed 20 mg/mL

From the
21st of March, 2024, all reusable/pre-filled pod devices will need to incorporate the following features:

  • Child safety mechanism
  • Removable battery

From the
21st of March, 2024, all e-liquid flavour names/descriptions must:

  • Limit name/description to 1 or 2 flavour names found in this list.

What’s a child safety mechanism?

The government has defined a child safety mechanism in relation to a vaping device as a mechanism or combination of mechanisms that—

  1. Requires at least 2 simultaneous or 5 sequential operations before the vaping device is activated; and
  2. Automatically deactivates the device within a period of no more than 10 minutes after vaping has stopped

In short, this means devices will feature a button that you press 5 times to unlock your device. They will also shut off after 10 minutes.

What’s Staying The Same

The taste! You’ll still be able to buy your favourite e-liquid flavours; they’ll just have updated names that comply with the new regulations. Don’t worry; you’ll easily recognise your go-to vape juice flavour!

Refillable and prefilled pods will still be available. Aside from nicotine strength and flavour names, the regulations mainly affect devices.

Discontinued Disposables

To comply with the vaping regulations, on the 21st of December, 2023, the following disposable devices will no longer be available:

So stock-up while you still can! Shop disposable vapes here.

VAPO’s got your back, though, and we’ll be rolling out some amazing and fully compliant disposable products so that you’ll easily find your new go-to device. 

Stay tuned to hear when these devices will be available, and follow us @vaponewzealand for the latest.

Shop our range of disposable vapes here and get them before they’re gone! 


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