Legal action against tobacco 'sticks' - Expert reaction
Tobacco sticks designed to be heated in an electronic device have run afoul of NZ law, with charges laid against their manufacturer.
The Ministry of Health has charged tobacco giant Philip Morris with illegally importing and selling a new product that heats tobacco sticks in a battery-powered device rather than burning them.
The device itself is permitted, but the tobacco sticks it uses - known as HEETS - have been deemed illegal under the Smoke Free Environments Act 1990.
A media release from MoH states that charges have been laid at the Wellington District Court and the case has been set down for its first appearance hearing 2 June 2017.