AVCA was formed in April 2016 by vapers from across New Zealand who were concerned about having their voices heard by those in local and national government with regards to their rights to purchase electronic cigarettes, nicotine containing e-liquid and the ability to vape in public.
All members are volunteers and are former smokers who have been and continue to promote vaping as an alternative to using combustible tobacco products. All of us are adults, all of us are former smokers and we know that vaping is an effective means to tobacco harm reduction through our shared experience.
Experience which has been validated through science and research conducted both onshore and overseas.
Our mission is to make our voices heard, publicly, with regards to the availability of vaping products and the public perception of those products. We believe that people who utilise have the right to do so freely, considerately and respectfully utilise their vape in public.
We lobby on behalf of all New Zealanders to reduce the incidence of smoking and its associated harms among all the population, but especially among our indigenous people; Maori and Pasifika. Research and statistics prove that our indigenous population are at highest risk of harm and have the highest incidence of negative health outcomes from tobacco use, which is wholly unacceptable.
Our Mission: To EDUCATE, INFORM, ADVOCATE in and for the COMMUNITY.