New regulations to reduce youth vaping include important measures that will limit disposable vapes, and recognise these devices have become the product of choice among rangatahi. The regulations also introduce some restrictions on store locations and flavour names, which attempt to reduce the availability and appeal of vaping products. However, Professor Janet Hoek argues the new regulations have missed an opportunity to provide young people with more comprehensive protection. “The regulations fail to manage the more than 1000 stores that already exist, many of which are already close to schools and, predictably, vaping manufacturers are already creating disposable devices that circumvent the new policy requiring removable batteries.”
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