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Vaping in Australia FAQs

The regulation and use of nicotine e-liquids and vaping devices (e-cigarettes) in Australia varies between States and Territories. Here’s what you need to know -

Is vaping legal in Australia?
Yes, you can legally vape in Australia however depending on which State or Territory you live in, there are restrictions on where and what you can vape and what vaping products you can purchase. Vaping using nicotine e-liquid is legal but only with a nicotine prescription from a registered Australian doctor.

For more about vaping (e-cigarette) laws in your state or territory:
• Australian Capital Territory
• New South Wales
• Northern Territory
• Queensland
• South Australia
• Tasmania
• Victoria
• Western Australia

For an overview of smoking and vaping laws in Australia: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/smoking-and-tobacco/about-smoking-and-tobacco/smoking-and-tobacco-laws-in-australia#ecigarette-laws

Are vaping products sold in Australia?
Yes, however you can only legally purchase nicotine-free vape e-liquid within Australia. There are also some restrictions in certain States such as Western Australia where the sale of vaping devices is illegal.

Can I bring nicotine vape e-liquid into Australia?
You can import up to three-month supply of nicotine e-liquid under the TGA’s Personal Importation Scheme if: (a) a registered Australian doctor has prescribed it for you (i.e., you have a valid prescription), (b) if you are using it to quit smoking, (c) it is legal in your state or territory and (d) there is no other TGA-approved product that can help you. You must also be 18 years of age. Visit the TGA website for more information: https://www.tga.gov.au/personal-importation-scheme

You can order nicotine e-liquid and pod vapes / vaping devices (e-cigarettes) online directly from us at Vape Merchant here in New Zealand. We offer express shipping to Australia that takes 2-3 days (excluding rural delivery).

Are taxes or duties payable on nicotine vaping products imported into Australia?Customs and duty fees are payable for orders over AUD$1,000.

How do I get a prescription for nicotine in Australia?
Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA) has provided a list of registered Australian Doctors who can assess your needs and provide you with a vape prescription if appropriate. Please visit ATHRA’s website here for a list of doctors including their fees and contact information. Some doctors may require an in-person consultation whilst others may take virtual appointments by phone or video.

Where do I get more information about Vaping?
ATHRA has lots of useful information about vaping generally. You can also access New Zealand’s Vaping Facts website.

Want more information?
If you have any further questions around the import of nicotine e-liquid into Australia please contact our customer service team by email at customerservice@vapemerchant.nz.