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Risks of Vaping

Laura-Jean Peawini —

A reminder that it is against the law for students and whānau to Vape or Smoke on our school site.

It is against the law for students and whānau to Vape or Smoke on our school site. This includes the toilets and the field (all areas of the school grounds and buildings). All schools, kura kaupapa, kōhanga reo and early childhood centres are smokefree and vapefree.

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020 commenced on 11 November 2020, amending the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 and renaming it to the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990.

It is also an offence to sell nicotine vaping products to young people aged under 18.

The biggest risks of vaping are the unknown risks. Vaping has not been around long enough to know the risks of long-term use. Breathing any product into your lungs unnecessarily is not ideal, and that’s why non-smokers should not vape. Scientists will not be certain for many years of any health risks associated with vaping. The Ministry of Health has a role in continuing to monitor the risk.

We don’t yet know what is in all vaping e-liquids, as there are no safety standards in New Zealand yet for vaping products. For more information around vaping please feel free to click here

We kindly ask that our school whanau support us in encouraging our students NOT to use these products at school or at home.