22 May 2024

Cook Islands passes bill to ban imitation tobacco products

From , 6:02 am on 22 May 2024

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The Cook Islands are set to ban imitation tobacco products like e-cigarettes and raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. 

Any breach of the new vape regulations by individuals could result in a NZD$100,000 fine or up to three months in prison. 

While businesses caught importing imitation tobacco products face a $1 million fine, additionally, non-compliant businesses will incur a daily penalty of $100,000 for each day the violation continues.

RNZ Pacific's Caleb Fotheringham has more.