29 Nov 2013.
VOLUNTARY HEALTH NEW ZEALAND STANDARD FOR ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES
Following testing of 9 brands available on the NZ market, the
following two brands were successful in reaching the standard and announced to the winners, at the
Gateway Conference on Electronic Cigarettes in Auckland on Oct 23:
1) Elusion Ego with clearomiser. 1st on
lowest price, 2nd on nicotine per puff, 2nd on persuading smokers to
2) Greensmoke with cartomiser.
1st on nicotine per puff, 1st on persuading smokers to switch.
*A paper is in preparation.
Also see www.healthnz.co.nz/News2013.htm
In the absence of
regulated standards for electronic cigarettes in most countries, Health New
Zealand Ltd, the first research firm to test e-cigarettes outside of China, will launch and operate a voluntary industry
standard for satisfactory e-cigarette performance.
Launch. Dr Murray
Laugesen QSO FNZCPHM, a public health medicine specialist, and owner of
Health New Zealand Ltd was to launch the final 2013 standard on 23 October
2013 at the Gateway Conference on Cigarette Substitutes (the world’s first scientific
conference on e-cigarettes [see www.healthnz.co.nz]) at the Rendezvous
Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand prior to the opening of the Oceania Smokefree
Conference, 23-26 October.
Aim The standard aims to assist smokers to choose,
and doctors to recommend, reasonably safe and satisfying brands to
purchase. It does not:
the need for national
regulatory standards for good manufacturing practice and product
- replace the need for international testing
standards set by the World Health Organization in due course.
- the manufacturer’s’ warranty of
- guarantee safety of the product; which may vary by
batch and with respect to constituents not tested for.
Eligibility To be eligible to apply to join this standard the
distributor must state name and address of the manufacturer of the
e-cigarette and the liquid. In the public interest, Health NZ reserves the
right to publish analyses of various brands even if they have not applied
to join the scheme.
Types of product: Manufacturers or distributors are invited to
submit samples of e-cigarettes that are cigarette look-alikes, modified
e-cigarettes or disposables. Initial fee is USD 1850.
of conformity to the Health New
Zealand standard requires
confirmation of that fact on the Health New Zealand website. www.healthnz.co.nz/HealthNZstandard_Ecigs A further draft version will be
published after initial comments are sought from international health, industry
and regulator groups.
Updating The standard will be reassessed annually for
possible upgrading, and manufacturers would be invited to submit new brands
Legal liability. Health New Zealand Ltd does not accept legal
liability for omissions or for unapproved use of the standard.
Health New Zealand standard for electronic cigarettes
A certificate of
conformity to the Health New Zealand standard requires e-cigarettes
To be rated by Health New Zealand
satisfaction and strength of puffs. Smokers will rate e-cigarettes against their own brand. On
likeability for example, e-cigarette brands are expected to be scored at
least 75% as likeable as their own tobacco brands.
safety. Nicotine solution child-proof, and bottled nicotine must be in a child
capacity One cartomiser
or refill produces a minimum of 150 puffs of 70 ml vapour per puff on bench
top testing, with a new battery used every 50 puffs if necessary.
To be rated by Canterbury Health Laboratories Christchurch NZ for
Nicotine content per cartomiser.
label Brand described as high
strength must contain 16 to 18 mg per cartomiser,
and contain <0.1 mg if rated zero. In numerics,
nicotine content should vary no more than 15% from the amount on the label.
And to be rated by Labstat International Kitchener Ontario Canada for
Adequate Nicotine in the vapour of the first 150 puffs ( 8
mg nicotine or more, average 50 micrograms of nicotine per puff) (1)
in the vapour. The first 150
puffs to contain on average,
<0.6 micrograms per 150 puffs. (2)
Acetaldehyde, formaldehyde each <1.0 micrograms per 50
Gycols. Vapour: Diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol free.
10) Measurement of nicotine and toxicants is based on the following puff parameters:
- Puff volume average 70 ml. (1)
- Puffs in groups of 15 puffs, with 5 minutes between groups.
- Puff duration 3 seconds (3)
- Puff interval 10 seconds (1) then 5 minutes between
1. Goniewicz ML, Kuma T, Gawron M, Knysak J, & Kosmider L. Nicotine Levels in Electronic Cigarettes. Nicotine
Tobacco Research. 2012. Advance Access April 22.
2. Sobczak A, Goniewicz M.Kosmider L. et al. Substantial reduction in emission of
selected carbonyls and volatile organic compounds from electronic
cigarettes compared to tobacco cigarettes. Poster 4-49. Society for
Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Boston 2013.
P. E-cigarette Analysis, Challenges, Considerations, Atlanta workshop. Labstat