Sunday, 28 November 2021, 6:12 am
Press Launch: New Zealand Authorities
From as we speak, it’s unlawful to smoke or vape in most autos carrying kids aged beneath 18 years previous – whether or not the car is transferring or not.
“Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Affiliate Minister of Well being Dr Ayesha Verrall stated.
“We know children in vehicles cannot get away from the smoke, and the poisons from cigarettes linger long after the smoke and smell have disappeared.”
The ban on smoking was launched by the Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Automobiles Carrying Kids) Act in Could 2020. In August 2020, this was prolonged to incorporate vaping via the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Merchandise (Vaping) Modification Act.
“Even with the windows down, smoke builds up in vehicles making them a toxic environment. There’s significant evidence showing exposure to second-hand smoke can cause children to suffer from illnesses such as asthma, chest infections and glue ear.
“Whānau can easily protect their young ones. Make sure the air is clear on every journey by keeping your vehicle smokefree and vape free at all times,” Ayesha Verrall stated.
“This ban is one tool in a range of robust controls already in place to prevent smoking-related and vaping-related harm, particularly for tamariki and rangatahi.
“We have banned smoking and vaping in schools, the sale of vaping and tobacco products to under-18s, and tobacco and vaping advertising and sponsorship. We’ve reduced the attractiveness of vaping products to young people by banning the use of cartoons and toys on packaging and the use of colouring substances in vape liquids.
“And we’ve also removed the temptation created by various flavours, by banning general retailers such as dairies, service stations and supermarkets from selling vaping products in flavours other than tobacco, mint and menthol,” Ayesha Verrall stated.
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