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Source: Taxpayers Union

Responding to reports that Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa plans to restrict flavoured e-cigarette liquid, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “A crackdown on vape flavours will only serve to keep people smoking and paying exorbitant amounts of excise tax to the Government. Up to this point, thousands of smokers have saved money for themselves and their families by switching to vaping. This is in large part thanks to e-cigarette advertising and appealing flavours, both of which the Minister wants to ban.” “The policy appears to be lifted straight from Donald Trump, who has pushed it as a knee-jerk response to illnesses caused by black-market THC oils.” “The Minister should be making decisions based on what will actually improve health outcomes, not what’s convenient for the Government books.”