Issues Vaping-Related Update for Healthcare Workers
We’re painfully aware of the fact that New Zealand is not the US and that this win would be a lot sweeter if it was closer to home. However, in light of what is currently happening in our own country and the efforts vape-bashers are investing in demonizing vaping, we’ll take any good news we can get.
Here’s the scoop.
A few days ago New Zealand’s Ministry of Health published a PDF document instructing health workers on how to treat vapers. Up until now, vapers were considered smokers and were classified as such (a classification that could lead to higher insurance premiums for vapers). This document changes that. It says, black on white, that vapers who have switched from cigarettes to e-cigarettes completely should be coded as ex-smokers.
The complete text also stresses that ‘E-cigarettes are not a combustible tobacco product and therefore should not be coded as such’. While this is just an informative piece that provides guidelines to healthcare workers, it’s a definite step in the right direction and congratulations are in order.
We can only hope that our lawmakers will soon realize the hugely beneficial effect that vaping has on getting people to quit smoking analogs and put pressure on the FDA in order to get them to reconsider their deeming regulations.
Originally published by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health