The facts of vaping

How does vaping affect others?

Vaping impacts others. It may not be physically harmful, but it can be a nuisance or disliked by people. Vapers need to be considerate about who they vape in front of, particularly children.

Second-hand vapour

As vaping is relatively new there is no evidence yet that second-hand vapour is dangerous to others. However it is best to not vape around children.

To date, there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to the health of bystanders.

Evidence Review of E-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products 2018, a report commissioned by Public Health England

Personal preference

Some people find vapour unpleasant or may be sensitive to it. Vapers should respect the requests of individuals and businesses not to vape, and also avoid vaping in parks or on transport. It’s courtesy really. If you’re impacting on someone else’s air, don’t vape around them.

People with asthma... can be sensitive to a range of environmental irritants... and PHE advises organisations take this into account... when making policies.

Evidence Review of E-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products 2018, a report commissioned by Public Health England

Young people taking up vaping

Although vaping products cannot be sold to under 18s, it has the potential to appeal to them. You should not vape around children and youth. Nicotine is harmful for children and must be stored out of reach.

Youth smoking rates continue to go down in New Zealand. Vaping on a daily basis by youth is rare and tends to be done by those who have, or are, smoking. As risk takers however, young people need to know the facts about vaping.

The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the number of young people taking up smoking and vaping. For a closer look on vaping in society, view the 2018 Public Health England report.

Gateway to smoking

There is evidence that young people who try vaping tend to try smoking. However, it is not possible to say from this evidence that vaping causes people to smoke.

The largest proportion of vapers in New Zealand, including youth, are current smokers or ex-smokers.

Despite vaping becoming more common, the number of young people in New Zealand who smoke is not increasing.

For the latest surveys on smoking among youth, visit Action for Smokefree 2025 (ASH).