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New Zealand legalizes e-liquid

Putting Smokers’ Health First: New Zealand Legalizes Nicotine E-Liquid

New Zealand has moved to legalize e-cigarettes with nicotine, pushing aside anti-vaping talking points and putting smokers first. With the new plan to regulate nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, the government is showing its willingness to follow the evidence and help smokers who can’t quit nicotine have full access to reduced harm alternatives. For vapers and smokers in New Zealand, the move is a glimmer of hope in a long-fought battle, and for Australians, it’s an important reminder of the compelling argument for ditching the illogical ban still in force there. 

 

New Zealand’s Vaping Laws Before the Change

 

The law on e-cigarettes in New Zealand was a lot like the laws in Australia. While e-cigarettes were technically legal – and there were vape stores – nicotine-containing e-juices or cartridges were banned from sale. However, unlike Queensland in Australia, where you can’t even own a nicotine-containing e-liquid or cartridge, you could import nicotine-containing liquids for personal use in New Zealand. This is generally interpreted to mean you could import up to 3 months’ worth of nicotine-containing e-liquids.  

 

There were also some other rules. One ensured that no e-cigarette (with nicotine or not) could be sold that made the therapeutic claim that it could help smokers quit. Technically, companies could apply to have their devices approved for medical use as a quit smoking aid, but none have attempted it. Other rules prevent the sale of anything that looks like a tobacco product to anybody under the age of 18. Indoor vaping was not prohibited by the government, though.

 

This all left New Zealand’s vapers in limbo. E-cigarettes were technically legal (and the rules weren’t always enforced), but since nicotine is really central to their success, it wasn’t always easy to make it work. The problem wasn’t so much for dedicated vapers – who already have the motivation to pick up some nicotine-containing juices – but for the smokers. If you were just interested in trying vaping, would you be as likely to go to the effort of ordering something from overseas? Chances are, you’d give a nicotine-free option a go but quickly end up smoking again.

 

What’s Changing for Vapers in New Zealand?

 

In a nutshell, the prohibition on sales of nicotine-containing e-liquid is being lifted. The aim, according to associate health minister Nicky Wagner, is to ensure that “cigarette smokers have access to a lower-risk alternative while we continue to discourage people from smoking or vaping in the first place.” To strike this balance, they’re aiming for a “cautious approach” to vaping, which includes:

 

  • Prohibiting sales to under 18s.
  • Banning vaping wherever smoking is currently banned.
  • Placing some restrictions on advertising to minimize the appeal of e-cigarettes to young people.

 

However, Wagner stressed that many of the restrictions currently placed on cigarettes will not be placed on vaping devices. This includes the excise tax currently applied to cigarettes, and e-cigarettes won’t be required to be sold in plain packaging.

 

Vaping devices will only be allowed in restricted “R18” stores – which under 18s are not allowed to enter. Within the stores, the companies will be able to display devices and juices openly – including in the store window – and to offer discounts, loyalty rewards and free samples. However, marketing via billboards, radio, TV and the internet will be restricted.

 

While some of the rules are fairly harsh, particularly the indoor vaping bans and strong marketing restrictions, it’s good news for New Zealand’s vapers and smokers on the whole. 

 

 Following the Evidence on Vaping

 

Like when Public Health England came out and backed vaping as 95% safer than smoking, it’s always nice to see some common sense from governments on e-cigarettes. Nicky Wagner expressly backed vaping as 95% safer when announcing the decision, and said:

 

“Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing but there’s a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking. This is an opportunity to see if restricted access to e-cigarettes and e-liquid can help lower our smoking rates, reduce harm and save lives.”

 

This is exactly the sort of clarity we need in the US, and what the smokers and vapers of Australia need too. The journalists hit on the typical anti-vaping talking points when questioning Wagner, but were met with measured, sensible responses. For example, one asked about the carcinogens in e-cigarettes, and while she didn’t out-and-out rebut the argument, she basically brushed it off, saying it was something that “would be looked at.” This, combined with the endorsement of the “95% safer” message, really suggests that they’re looking into setting some (hopefully) reasonable limits on trace components.

 

In response to another question, she also rejected the idea of a gateway:

 

“Well, we’ve done a lot of work and looked at research around the world; there’s been no evidence that vaping is a gateway to smoking.”

 

More broadly, she acknowledged youth vaping as a concern but stressed that the proposed restrictions were likely to be enough. Wagner also pointed out that vape stores around the country have been completely on-board with protecting youth, and have refused to sell to anybody under 18, calling them “pretty responsible.”

 

It wasn’t perfect – for example, she justified the vaping ban by saying it was to “denormalize” smoking – but their approach followed the evidence where it matters most.

 

 A Wake-Up Call to Australia on Vaping

 

Meanwhile, in Australia, the ban on sales of nicotine-containing e-liquids continues, while cigarettes are still legally available. New Zealand’s move shines a spotlight on this, shifting to a more progressive approach and leaving its neighbor looking pretty behind the times.

 

Recently, Australia has rejected an attempt to remove nicotine from the poisons list that lands vaping it’s in unusual legal position there. They’re basically standing by their original position on the issue: the only way you can get nicotine is with cigarettes or medicinal nicotine replacement products.

 

The simple truth is that this situation just doesn’t make sense. Why should it be easier to maintain a smoking habit than a vaping one? How can that be reconciled with widespread statements that vaping is substantially safer than smoking? If smokers want to quit by vaping instead of chewing gum, why should anybody stop them?

 

New Zealand was in the same situation, and now they’ve taken the sensible step to end it. They haven’t thrown caution to the wind and risked the health of their youth, but they have given their smokers a reduced harm option that could change their lives for the better.

 

The only question is how long Australia will wait – watching as the nightmare scenarios concocted by anti-vaping advocates continually fail to materialize in NZ, but more and smokers quit – until they do the same.

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee is a writer and vaper from the UK. He quit smoking (without intending to) when he started vaping in 2012, and now writes for EcigaretteReviewed and E-Cigarette Direct's Ashtray Blog. He's always searching for a new all-day vape, loves rebuilding and is passionate about providing smokers with accurate information about the harm reduction potential of vaping. He drinks too much tea.
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What is E-Juice?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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