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Grassroots group tackling the youth vaping crisis

Vape-Free Kids NZ (VFKNZ) is a grassroots group of parents and whānau wanting to reduce harm to rangatahi from vaping. VFKNZ is entirely run by volunteers. Our kaupapa is about calling on the government to deliver more stringent measures to address the youth vaping crisis. 


Health Select Committee Presentation

On 27 March 2024, all five Vape-Free Kids NZ co-founders went to Parliament to give an oral submission on the Petition submitted in 2023, and met with the Associate Minister of Health, Casey Costello. 

We'll continue to hold the government accountable for the promises they made before the election to crack down on youth vaping.

Watch: Health Select Committee follow up session on 10 Apr 2024

How you can help

Join us

Follow our Facebook page and join our private Facebook group

  • Our private group is a safe place for whanāu and educators to come together, share stories, support, and more.

Write to your MP

We need our government to hear our concerns and take action. 

  • Sending letters and emails lets our MPs know what matters, be the squeaky wheel.


Our group is run by a small group of volunteers. Every dollar helps.

  • Help us spread the message. Funds raised will be used for promotion and printing things like protest placards.

Buy Our Merch

Show your support by getting a tshirt or hoodie

  • Like donations, every dollar raised after covering production costs will be used for our cause.

Vaping in the media

Vape retailer flees NZ

Anna Stewart from VFK NZ speaks to Breakfast about a Christchurch retailer who fled NZ ahead of court proceedings for selling vapes to minors.

Vape ads targeting NZ kids

Tammy Downer from VFK NZ speaks to Breakfast about how vape ads target children on social media.

Hastings rally preparation

Sukhdeep Singh speaks to Breakfast ahead of a rally in Hastings calling for tougher action against vaping.

Vaping stand down data

New data show vaping a bigger issue in primary schools that high schools in some regions.

ARFNZ vaping guidelines

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation launch NZ's first guidelines to support rangatahi to quit vaping.

Call for stronger regulations

1 in 5 kiwi kids are vaping daily, principal Vaughan Cauillault calls for better regulations.

Petition presentation

VFK NZ presented over 13,000 signatures in support of our cause to Parliament.

Parakai protest

VFK NZ organises a protest against a new vape store opening next to a school gate in West Auckland.

Affected family speaks out

A family affected by youth vape addiction speaks to The Project about their experience.

Recent News about Vaping

All the latest coverage about vaping and Vape-Free Kids in NZ news outlets
A youth vaping epidemic

NZ Youth Vaping Facts

Here are some facts and figures from a survey of over 19,000 Year 9 to 13 students in NZ conducted by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation

  • 27% of those surveyed reported vaping in the past week.
  • 75% of those vaping, or 20% of total respondents, are vaping daily or several times a day, and the majority are vaping with high nicotine doses.
  • Over half of those vaping reported that they were vaping more frequently and at higher nicotine doses compared to the previous year.
  • 86% of students who were vaping more than once a day reported that they were addicted to vaping and 57% felt that it was having an adverse effect on their health.

Vaping & Nicotine Facts

  • An Asthma & Respiratory Foundation Study found 80% of youth vapers were using vapes containing very high dose nicotine, 24-50mg.
  • ESR research has found the nicotine content of vapes sold in NZ to be as high as double what was labelled on the package, as well as nicotine content in vapes marked as nicotine free.
  • University of Auckland research has found formaldehyde and heavy metals in vape aerosol, including manganese, copper and chromium. Some of these were found at 100 times more than the limit allowed in drinking water.
  • Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.Young people who use vapes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

What we want

More meaningful action to curb the growing issue of youth vaping in New Zealand, including but not limited to:

  • Implementing plain packaging (black and white) with warnings on all vape products.
  • Restricting flavour varieties as well as flavour names.
  • A complete ban on cheap non-refillable/disposable vapes, including those with removable batteries.
  • Lowering nicotine levels in vapes from 50mg to 20mg, in line with overseas (e.g. California and the EU)
  • Make vapes pharmacy only.
  • Stronger penalties that include losing a licence on breach of compliance, such as selling to minors, and more resources invested into enforcement officers.
  • More investment into supporting schools, communities, parents, and rangatahi for education and vaping cessation

Get in touch

We are always looking for more volunteers to get involved. If you have any skills that could help support our cause or personal experience of vaping that you could share, please get in touch.