Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 - Proposals for regulations

Closes 15 Mar 2021

Opened 26 Jan 2021


The Ministry of Health is seeking your views on a number of regulatory proposals that will provide the operational detail to help achieve the intent of the new provisions of the Act. That intent is to:

  1. better support smokers to switch to regulated products that are less harmful than smoking
  2. protect children, young people and non-smokers from the risks associated with vaping and smokeless tobacco products.

The Act has a number of regulation-making powers but, at this stage, we do not propose to make all of the regulations that are possible under the Act. We will monitor and review the regulations regularly to ensure the intent of the Act is being achieved adequately.

The regulations must be workable for those they impact. Your feedback on the regulatory proposals is important because it will help shape the final regulations.

How to provide feedback

You can provide feedback in one of two ways.

1. Online consultation

With this online consultation, you can complete your submission over a number of sessions and save it as you go.

If you select the ‘Save and come back later’ button at the bottom of any question page, you will receive an email with a unique link that will let you return to edit and submit your response. You can share this link with your friends or colleagues if you need them to contribute to or review the submission. Once you have completed your submission, you will be sent a PDF copy for your records.

Select the 'Online consultation' link at the bottom of this page to begin your submission.

2. Word document template

You can also submit your feedback by downloading and completing the Word template (Word, 62 KB). Send the completed template to

The closing date for submissions is 15 March 2021 at 5:00 pm.

The layout of this consultation

This consultation document consists of the following sections, reflecting the content of the Act:

  1. Defining an internal area (see Part 1 of the Act: Smoking and vaping prohibited in workplaces and public areas)
  2. Specialist vape retailer approvals (see Part 1 of the Act: Smoking and vaping prohibited in workplaces and public areas)
  3. Promotion, information and advice (see Part 2 of the Act: Restrictions on advertising, promotion, sale, and distribution of regulated products)
  4. Packaging (see Part 3 of the Act: Packaging, labelling, and constituents of regulated products)
  5. Product notification and safety (see Part 4 of the Act: Regulated products that must be notified)
  6. Annual reporting and returns (see Part 5 of the Act: Regulations, enforcement, and other matters)
  7. Fees (see Part 5 of the Act: Regulations, enforcement, and other matters).

Each section describes the regulatory proposals and asks a number of questions that will inform and shape the development of final regulations.

The Proposals for regulations document is embedded in each section and will open on the relevant regulatory proposal page. Alternatively you can download the full document below.

Download the consultation document

Give us your views


  • Members of the public
  • Health sector


  • Vaping