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Did you know vaping could cost you more on insurance? 

By Grant Willis
Executive Manager, Life Portfolio

31 January 2020

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Smoking’s well documented risks mean smokers face higher premiums than non-smokers, but did you know vaping could cost you the same?

Vaping devices, which are growing in popularity, heat a liquid creating an aerosol (vapour) that users can inhale.

Vaping is often viewed as a less harmful alternative to smoking tobacco, and as a way to help smokers quit.  

However, the long-term health effects aren’t well documented, and odds are vaping won’t work in your favour when it comes to life insurance premiums.

Most insurance companies view vaping and vaporiser use and smoking as one and the same.

In New Zealand, you are still considered a smoker if you use electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, even if you don’t use traditional tobacco products at all.

You’ll often find vaping is now specifically referenced in the ‘Do you smoke?’ question on your application.

But that’s not to say you are stuck with higher premiums forever.

If you have stopped vaping and/or smoking tobacco for more than 12 months, you can apply for a non-smokers rate, saving yourself thousands in premiums if you are accepted as a non-smoker.

If you were thinking of quitting smoking, e-cigarettes or vaping you can visit SmokeFree.org.nz for some helpful advice on where to start.

If you want to talk to an adviser about your life insurance policy, you can find one here.

The information in this article has been compiled from various sources and is intended to be factual information only. It is not personal advice and any description of an insurance product or service is not a complete description of all the terms and conditions applicable to the particular insurance product or service. You should consult a qualified adviser for advice on whether the information in this article is suitable for your personal situation and needs. While we take reasonable steps to ensure that the information contained in this article is accurate and up-to-date, it is subject to change without notice. Asteron Life Limited and its related companies does/do not accept any responsibility or liability in connection with your use of or reliance on this article.

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