So policy should then encourage e-cigarettes and, perhaps, place less tax on low-nicotine cigarettes to encourage their use as part of quitting.
But MedSafe last year banned the sale of the nicotine cartridges; those wishing to use them to quit have to import them for personal use. Pharmacies had made claims about the cartridges' effectiveness as a cessation aid; that made them a medical device.
And less risky alternatives, like Swedish "snus", described by the Royal College of Physicians as the least risky tobacco product, are also here banned.
My best working model of the current situation: anti-tobacco zealots get to the top of the Ministry of Health and hate tobacco and nicotine more than they care about harm reduction. And folks selling cigarettes don't like substitutes. Then it's just Bootleggers and Baptists. But if anybody has a better model, I'd love to hear it. The problem for my model is that even SFC seems to have come around on e-cigarettes, if not on snus. Inertia?