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Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Banned [1, 2, 3, 4]
As medicinal products
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Rules on e-cigarettes vary by state. Devices are available legally for sale but not nicotine liquid unless on prescription. Although nicotine liquid cannot be sold in Australia it is available via personal importation and online sales. Although technically legal to import , it is illegal to take possession unless a prescription is obtained and importation criteria met.

General use and availability
Legal to use
No [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to sell nicotine
No [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to buy device online (personal use)
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to buy nicotine online (personal use)
No [1, 2, 3, 4]
Legal to import device - trade
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Rules on e-cigarettes vary by state. Devices are available legally for sale but not nicotine liquid unless on prescription. Although nicotine liquid cannot be sold in Australia it is available via personal importation and online sales. Although technically legal to import , it is illegal to take possession unless a prescription is obtained and importation criteria met.

Advertising & promotion
Public advertising allowed in all Media
No [1, 2, 3, 4]
Advertising allowed at point of sale
No [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Rules on e-cigarettes vary by state. Devices are available legally for sale but not nicotine liquid unless on prescription. Although nicotine liquid cannot be sold in Australia it is available via personal importation and online sales. Although technically legal to import , it is illegal to take possession unless a prescription is obtained and importation criteria met.

Health
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
Yes [1, 2, 3, 4]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Comments

4. Rules on e-cigarettes vary by state. Devices are available legally for sale but not nicotine liquid unless on prescription. Although nicotine liquid cannot be sold in Australia it is available via personal importation and online sales. Although technically legal to import , it is illegal to take possession unless a prescription is obtained and importation criteria met.

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these data boxes show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • 7 out of 10 smokers say they might switch to vaping if they had more information — but Australia's strict rules even dictate what you can say about e-cigarettes

  • Seven out of 10 smokers are open to switching from cigarettes to nicotine vaping but lack information to make that choice, according to new research — and in Australia, where some of the world’s most draconian anti-vaping laws are in place, they are even more in the dark than others.

    Getting caught in Western Australia with liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes, for example, can get you a whopping $45,000 fine, while in the ACT it can land you two years in prison.

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Anti-smoking crusaders criticise Federal Government's push to cut smoking rate

  • Anti-smoking crusaders have labelled a new government push to help Australians butt out as a "recycled" and "frustrating" strategy, saying when the exact same policy was initially introduced more than a decade ago, it failed to reduce smoking rates. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt used part of this week's National Press Club address to announce the Morrison Government would spend $20 million cutting Australia's smoking rate to under 10 per cent by 2025.

  • Friday, July 05, 2019
  • E-cigarette users at greater risk of turning to traditional smoking

  • Three in five Australian young adults who currently use e-cigarettes are likely to initiate tobacco cigarette smoking in the next six months, new research led by Curtin University has found. Lead author Dr Michelle Jongenelis, from the School of Psychology at Curtin University, said recent calls to relax current Australian regulations related to e-cigarettes could result in an increase in the use of conventional cigarettes, especially among young adults.

  • Thursday, July 04, 2019
  • 'Nowhere to hide': World-first study exposes untold risk of smoking

  • Smoking is killing 17 Australians a day from stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular conditions, wiping out almost double the population of Port Douglas every year, warn the researchers of a world-first study.

    Tobacco smokers have triple the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) – the biggest killer in Australia – compared to people who never smoked, according to the study of almost 190,000 Australians aged 45 and over.

  • Thursday, July 04, 2019
  • Prohibition and Misinformation: Australia’s Tobacco Harm Reduction Fail

  • American vapers facing increasing restrictions, government misinformation and regulatory uncertainties are naturally concerned for the future of vaping. However, here in Australia we have it even worse.

    Australia essentially has a de facto ban on vaping. The possession and use of nicotine e-liquid for vaping is illegal under federal poisons regulation. Vaping products are regulated as a tobacco products under state laws, with harsh restrictions similar to smoking. 

  • Monday, July 01, 2019
  • Should e-cigarettes be banned?

  • New Zealand's Ministry of Health has launched a new campaign spruiking vaping as a way to help quit smoking.

    It makes clear that the health effects of vaping aren't known, and that if you don't smoke you shouldn't use e-cigarettes. Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman from the University of Sydney's School of Public Health and tobacco treatment specialist Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn, from UNSW, speak with Kia Handley.