The e-cigarette will be tested in Auckland next year to see if it is worth releasing in New Zealand.
<div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-12 col-md-12 col-lg-12 div_news_01">The e-cigarette will be tested in Auckland next year to see if it is worth releasing in New Zealand.</div>
<div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-12 col-md-12 col-lg-12 div_news_02">The e-cigarette will be tested in Auckland next year to see if it is worth releasing in New Zealand.<br />
Smokers can puff legally at indoor bars and cafes with a battery-powered "electronic cigarette" because its nicotine hit comes in a vapour.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that using the device would not breach the Smokefree Environments Act, which extended workplace smoking bans.</p>
Lyttelton health researcher Dr Murray Laugesen is involved in safety tests of the product - which has a glowing tip to emulate real cigarettes - for the China-based company that makes it.</p>
He said the company would decide after the safety tests and a clinical trial in Auckland early next year whether to apply to sell it in New Zealand. The ministry had ruled it would need to be registered as a medicine first.</p>
The Ruyan e-cigarette device is available on-line for US$208 ($270) - the price of about 22 packets of Holiday 25s - and the nicotine inserts cost around $2 a day.</p>
Auckland University's clinical trials research unit will next year test the device, with funding from the maker, to see how quickly it delivers nicotine into the smoker's bloodstream and whether it reduces cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It will be compared with a nicotine inhaler and placebo versions of both devices.</p>
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