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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

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2019
  • Vaping, e-cigarettes, and big tobacco

  • It's estimated smoking kills almost 19,000 Australians each year.

    E-cigarettes and vaping are often touted as a way to help bring that number down — but are they risk-free? If you're looking for a bad product that does bad things, then tobacco is a perfect place to start.

    In the USA today, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death. Some 480,000 people die each year.

  • Tuesday, April 02, 2019
  • Tobacco groups seek to overturn Australia’s vaping ban

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    Big tobacco companies are seeking to overturn Australia’s ban on vaping in a bid to prise open one of the last untapped developed markets for the $25bn-a-year ecigarette industry. 

    Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco have made submissions to an Australian parliamentary inquiry that is considering whether ecigarettes should be legalised.

     

    Vaping companies have provided seed funding for a doctor-led charity leading the fight to legalise ecigarettes, [...]

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • How regulation is crippling the emerging vape industry

  • The e-cigarette industry has taken the community by storm as an alternative for smokers trying to quit the habit.

    But manufacturers and vendors are up in arms over strict laws they say are costing local businesses and are pushing for nicotine vaping.

    Jay Karanouh owns the Sydney store House of Vape and says for every year they don’t sell nicotine in their vape liquid, they and other businesses lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • South Australian taxpayers to foot the bill for $2m in prison nicotine patches and lozenges

  • Taxpayers will pay more than $2 million for nicotine substitutes for South Australian prisoners over the next four years, as the state moves to make its jails smoke-free. The nicotine patches and lozenges form part of the $6.2 million cost to taxpayers of keeping cigarettes out of the state's prisons in the years to 2022, with additional funding set aside for health and security measures, staff costs and quit support.

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • ACCESS TO E-CIGARETTES WILL IMPROVE AUSTRALIA’S HEALTH

  • Here in Australia, it’s currently illegal to buy e-cigarettes that contain nicotine without a prescription. That’s not the case in countries like the UK, USA, Canada or New Zealand. And there’s a lot of debate about the issue.

    Whether or not Australian adults should be able to access nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in the same way they buy tobacco cigarettes was considered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in 2008, 2011 and again in 2017.

  • Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Legalising vaping in Australia: a report by the McKell Institute

  • The McKell Institute published [...] a report titled 'Legalising Vaping in Australia' which explores the regulatory framework surrounding vaping as a means of tobacco harm reduction in Australia.

    The report finds that 'legalising vaping has enormous potential to improve public health, particularly for disadvantaged smokers who are disproportionately affected by smoking-related diseases'.