7 Oct 2019

Niue Govt reveals plan to ban vaping

5:32 pm on 7 October 2019

Niue is planning to ban vaping.

Acting Premier Billy Talagi made the announcement at the Pasifika Medical Conference held on the island late last month.

A teenager vapes.

Photo: 123RF

The use of vaping is quite prevalent among Niuean youth and those who have given up smoking.

Mr Talagi said Niue had made progress in some areas of public health, particularly in tobacco control, which included a nearly 240 percent lift in the price of cigarettes at the end of last year, reported TV Niue.

While Niue had one of the lowest rates of smoking in the Pacific, the government was determined to prevent young people from taking up the habit for as long as possible.

He told the conference he was pleased to announce the government's plan to ban vaping in Niue.

The Niue parliamentarian Billy Talagi at the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu.

Acting Premier, Billy Talagi. Photo: RNZ / Jamie Tahana

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