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No Vaping Signs Displayed In Schools From Today


The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act
has taken another important step forward today with a key
new requirement taking effect.

On 11 November 2020,
changes under the Act saw the existing prohibition on
smoking at schools, kura kaupapa, kôhanga reo and early
childhood facilities extended to include vaping. This means
these places must be smoke free and vape free, indoors and
out, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Following on
from this, from today, ‘no vaping’ signage must be
displayed at these locations in addition to the existing
requirement to display ‘no smoking’ notices. Schools are
also required to take all reasonably practicable steps to
ensure that no person smokes or vapes in any part of their
school, whether inside or outside, at any time of the
day.

“One of the key intents of the Act – and a
key commitment of our Government – is to protect our
tamariki, young people and non-smokers from the risks
associated with these products,” says Deputy Director of
Public Health Dr Harriette Carr.

“Over the coming
months, we will continue to phase in important changes –
like this introduction of the ‘no smoking’ and ‘no
vaping’ signage – to prioritise the wellbeing of New
Zealanders. As leaders in our communities, schools have a
particularly important role to play. Their mahi and efforts
– from displaying the right signage to ensuring students,
staff, visitors, parents and whânau are aware of the no
smoking and vaping policies and rules – will contribute to
positive health outcomes for our current and future
generations.”

Free resources and more information
are available at the Smokefree
and Ministry
of Health

websites.

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