Vaping and Schools

  • 27 April 2021

From 11 November 2020, the existing prohibition on smoking at schools, early childhood education facilities and care centres is extended to include vaping. This means that the managers and/or boards of those places must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no-one vapes in any part of the premises, whether inside or outside, at any time of day.


From 11 May 2021, all schools, early childhood education facilities and care centres must display a notice stating that smoking and vaping within the premises is forbidden at all times.

These notices must be prominently displayed at or immediately inside:

  • every entrance to the premises
  • every entrance to every building or enclosed area on the premises, excluding buildings and areas not usually in use.

The Ministry of Health has sent updated stickers with this information to all schools to ensure school communities are aware of the additional ban on Vaping as well as Smoking on site at Schools, Kura, ECE and Kohanga Reo. Additional stickers are available for order here AFTER the 5th of May, 2021. 


The Health Promotion Agency/Te Hiringa Hauora (HPA) has provided information for schools on what they can do  to support students regarding their understanding of vaping, and develop their critical thinking around substance use in general. To access HPA's webpage on vaping, click here

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