Interested in vaping?

While we do not offer vaping as a form of stop smoking medicine we are able to provide you with a broad range of advice if you are thinking of using a vaping device to quit. If you quit using vaping you are still eligible for our incentive programme.

Key Messages

From the Ministry of Health

  • The best thing smokers can do for their health is to quit smoking for good

  • Vaping products are intended for smokers only

  • The Ministry believes vaping products could disrupt inequities and contribute to Smokefree 2025

  • The evidence on vaping products indicates they carry much less risk than smoking cigarettes but are not risk free

  • The Cochrane Review found that vaping products can help people to quit smoking, but acknowledges that the evidence is weak due to little data

  • Smokers who have tried other methods of quitting without success could be encouraged to try vaping products to stop smoking. Stop smoking services should support smokers using vaping products to quit

  • There is no international evidence that vaping products are undermining the long-term decline in cigarette smoking among adults and youth, and may in fact be contributing to it

  • Despite some experimentation with vaping products among never smokers, vaping products are attracting very few people who have never smoked into regular vaping product use

  • When used as intended, vaping products pose no risk of nicotine poisoning to users, but e-liquids should be in child resistant packaging

  • The Ministry of Health is identifying safety standards for vaping products in New Zealand. In the meantime, vapers should buy their products from a reputable source like specialist retailers.

Use of vaping products for stopping smoking

From the Ministry of Health

There is a good rationale for people to use vaping products to help them stop smoking as vaping products can provide nicotine, which is what people desire from smoking. 

Research into the effectiveness of vaping products in smoking cessation is growing, but the findings from these studies are somewhat mixed and the quality of the evidence is low overall. This is an active area of research and more findings will become available over the next few years.

At this stage, the Ministry of Health does not have enough evidence to recommend vaping products confidently as a smoking-cessation tool. Smokers should use approved smoking-cessation medicines, such as NRT, to support them to stop smoking and seek behavioural support from stop-smoking services.

People who choose to use vaping products (to vape), should aim to stop smoking completely to reduce the harm from smoking. Ideally, they should eventually stop vaping as well.