Make it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or use vaporizer e-cigarettes

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It is currently legal for anyone of any age to purchase e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine. These e-cigarettes or vaporizers are being sold to children even though it is illegal for them to use this product. Children are buying this attractive looking product in all sorts of lolly-like flavors from local corner stores. These products have an 18 year old age restriction on the use of the e-cigarettes for a reason and it makes absolutely no sense to be able to purchase a product that it is illegal for you to use. Vaporizers are commonly used to assist with people attempting to quit smoking cigarettes by imitating the gestures of smoking, including inhaling and blowing out a smoke-like substance. In my eyes this encourages and introduces children, especially of intermediate age, to the habit and lifestyle of smoking. I feel that if we were to introduce the age restriction on purchasing and the use of these products that it would be a substantial step towards the Smokefree New Zealand 2025 goal. In order to make progress towards this goal we need to have laws in place to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities, our tamariki! Please sign this partition so we can be heard. Kia Ora! 



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