The laws surrounding vaping in Australia is often a point of confusion for new vapers. There is a lot of conflicting information regarding the legality of devices, nicotine sales/importation and if it is OK to vape in public.
The good news is that for the most part, vaping and purchasing nicotine free e-liquid is perfectly legal all around Australia.
The bad news is that nicotine sales within Australia and importation without a prescription is still illegal in all states and territories.
Is Vaping Nicotine Legal In Australia?
In Australia, nicotine is categorised as a Schedule 7 'dangerous poison' under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.
This categorisation prevents the sale, importation and use of nicotine without a prescription from a doctor. Exemptions to this rule are made for tobacco products and traditional nicotine replacement therapies (patches, gums, lozenges).
With a valid prescription, consumers are allowed to import a maximum of 3 months supply of nicotine at a time. Nicotine is most commonly imported this way from New Zealand, China or USA in an unflavoured, concentrated form which is then mixed in with locally made flavours.
The fight for legal nicotine vaping in Australia is currently ongoing. If you'd like to give your support, please consider donating to the following organisations who are doing all they can for the future of vaping in Australia:
Is It Legal To Own A Vape In Australia?
It is completely legal to possess and use a vape device in Australia. Restrictions on public vaping, vaping in vehicles and minimum age differ between states and are subject to change.
With the exception of NT, vaping is against the law in all smoke-free indoor and outdoor areas around Australia.
For more specific information for your state or territory, please refer to this article provided by ATHRA.
What Can You Do To Help?
Now is the time to take action for the future of vaping in Australia!
Contacting your local politicians to let them know you want nicotine legal in Australia is essential. Luckily, Legalise Vaping Australia has made this a piece of cake with their 'Act Now' forms. Just fill out your location and details and they'll send an automated email to your local MP.
The Australian vape industry has also put their heads together and created the Legalise Vaping Juice line. These flavours can be purchased from this page, or most reputable vape shops around the country. All proceeds go directly to Legalise Vaping so get on board!