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Number of young non-smokers who are now vaping

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From: Michael Vaughan

Dear Ministry of Health,
1) Please can you tell me how many non-smoking teenagers in New Zealand have taken up vaping? What are the numbers in the 20-30 age range?
2) How many young people in these age brackets were previously smoking and have switched to vaping?
3) What advice did the Ministry of Health draw upon when deciding to allow vaping products to become widely available in New Zealand? What were the main reasons for deciding to go ahead?
4) What are the current requirements for Vaping companies to specify the ingredients of the Vape products they sell?
5) What ingredients in Vape products is the Ministry of Health aware of, and what research has been done on the health effects of these ingredients?
6) From the research considered by the Ministry of Health, what does the Ministry consider to be the main health effects of Vaping and how serious does the Ministry consider these health effects to be?
7) What plans does the Ministry of Health have to educate the public (particularly young people) about the health effects of Vaping?
8) What plans does the Ministry of Health have to require Vaping companies to display health warnings on their products?
9) Considering the numbers of people who have quit cigarettes for Vaping, compared to the numbers of non-smokers who have taken up Vaping, does the Ministry of Health consider that Vaping products are, on balance, making a positive contribution to the health of New Zealanders?

Yours faithfully,

Michael Vaughan

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Thank you for your correspondence received on 21 July 2020. You asked:

"1) Please can you tell me how many non-smoking teenagers in New Zealand
have taken up vaping? What are the numbers in the 20-30 age range?
2) How many young people in these age brackets were previously smoking and
have switched to vaping?
3) What advice did the Ministry of Health draw upon when deciding to allow
vaping products to become widely available in New Zealand? What were the
main reasons for deciding to go ahead?
4) What are the current requirements for Vaping companies to specify the
ingredients of the Vape products they sell?
5) What ingredients in Vape products is the Ministry of Health aware of,
and what research has been done on the health effects of these
ingredients?
6) From the research considered by the Ministry of Health, what does the
Ministry consider to be the main health effects of Vaping and how serious
does the Ministry consider these health effects to be?
7) What plans does the Ministry of Health have to educate the public
(particularly young people) about the health effects of Vaping?
8) What plans does the Ministry of Health have to require Vaping companies
to display health warnings on their products?
9) Considering the numbers of people who have quit cigarettes for Vaping,
compared to the numbers of non-smokers who have taken up Vaping, does the
Ministry of Health consider that Vaping products are, on balance, making a
positive contribution to the health of New Zealanders?"

Note that the Ministry will be treating questions 1 - 5 as a request for
official information.

The Ministry's reference number for these parts of your request is:
H202005390.

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endeavour to respond to your request no later than 18 August 2020, being
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