Ministry of Health Confirms it will Promote Vaping As Safer
This week, the government has announced that the Ministry of Health will begin promoting vaping as a safer alternative to smoking.
When Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner made an announcement that vaping was to be legalised, in 2017, at a press conference, a journalist asked her: “Aren’t you just encouraging the inhaling behaviour, to teach people how to inhale?”
Aligning vape products with tobacco cigarettes made them legal, but the process didn’t help to promote vaping as a quit tool or as a way to reduce potential harm exposure. Moreover, Wagner’s replacement Jenny Salesa appeared to shift her opinion with the weather.
In December, announcing a new policy for vaping, Salesa agreed:
There is scientific consensus that vaping is significantly less harmful than smoking (around 95%)
The tar and toxins in tobacco smoke are responsible for most of the harm associated with tobacco use
Vaping and smokeless tobacco products do not combust and are highly likely to be much less harmful than smoking
It is likely that vaping can also help smokers to stop smoking
Vaping products can benefit smokers who are able to switch
There is no robust evidence that vaping may be a 'gateway' to smoking
Most young people who vape daily are smokers or ex-smokers