E-cigarette rule hurting NZ's poorest

The problem the government faces over E-cigarette nicotine liquid regulation is essentially a money over people problem. If the government eased regulation of nicotine E-liquid then the floodgates are open for smokers to quit their massively expensive tobacco addiction that reaps the government massive tax revenue and manage their addiction in an affordable way that many believe is a healthier option than smoking. This is financially good for the smokers but a threat to the governments financial books. This is especially a problem for the current John Key lead National government that has presided over 8 years of budget deficits and record debt and an economy that has been artificially propped up by natural disaster and an increasingly unstable dairying industry. National is all about profit over people. It will be interesting to see what happens here.

From Radio NZ: Some tobacco researchers are urging the removal of restrictions on purchasing e-cigarettes containing nicotine.

Nicotine replacement would help groups such as Māori which have higher rates of addiction to quit, but many do not have access to the internet or credit cards to import them.

People can buy approved nicotine reduction therapies like nicotine patches and gum, but are only allowed to buy nicotine e-cigarette liquid online from overseas as it is illegal for the nicotine liquid to be sold in New Zealand.
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