New Zealand

Policy Summary: 

Under the Medicines Act, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes or non-nicotine e-cigarettes promoted as therapeutic products are classified as medicinal. As medicinal products, there are restrictions on sale, advertising and distribution. At present, no e-cigarettes have been approved as medicines. Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are also regulated as tobacco products by the Smoke-free Environments Act, which prohibits their sale. Non-nicotine e-cigarettes that are not marketed as therapeutic products can be sold, but not to minors under 18 years if they look like tobacco products. E-cigarettes (including those containing nicotine) can be imported, provided they are for personal use only.