Vaping to quit smoking

Vaping safety

Stay safe while vaping. Devices should be treated like any other rechargeable electronic device - with care and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

A reputable retailer

As there are no safety standards in New Zealand about devices and e-liquids, you need to speak to your specialist vape store retailer for safety advice and guidance.

Different devices and e-liquids

Vaping devices and e-liquids can vary greatly from one another. You need to ask your specialist vape store retailer for your own specific safety guidelines.

Regarding safety, categorical statements about the toxicity of electronic cigarettes are not possible because of the large number of devices and fluids available and the frequent addition of new products to the market.

Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation, Cochrane review, 2016

Safety standards

The Ministry of Health established a Technical Expert Advisory Group on Electronic Cigarette Product Safety to advise on vaping product safety standards. These are in development.

See vaping law and policy

Battery safety

Poorly-manufactured vaping devices may have faults and potentially be dangerous to use.

Like any electronic device containing a large battery, take precautions and ask your vape store retailer for safety advice.

E-liquid safety

While there are laws about flavourings, there are no standards about what e-liquids contain. To avoid accidental poisoning, e-liquids should be stored in child-proof bottles, out of reach of children and animals.

Nicotine is harmful to unborn babies, newborns and children. It may affect brain development and shouldn’t be used by under 18s.

Know more about nicotine and vaping

Can devices blow up or catch fire?

As with any rechargeable device, like mobile phones and laptops, it is important to charge with the correct charger and not to leave your vape unattended while charging.

There have been reported cases in the UK of vaping products causing fires. However, many more fires are caused by cigarettes.


Look for ways to recycle your e-liquid bottles and ask your vape store for advice on recycling batteries.