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Australia Vape Laws

Australia Vape Laws

Michael Burdick
2 minute read

For the last few years now, Australia has become increasingly more hostile to the sale

and use of nicotine vape devices. As of January 2021, the sale of all e-liquids and e-cigarettes

is illegal due to its classification as a schedule 7 substance - or a dangerous poison under

Australia's National Poison Standards. This has caused a justified panic in the vaping

community as this ban has made it more difficult to purchase and use nicotine products. That

being said, there are remedies and loopholes to get around this. This post will talk about the

specifics of these loopholes, and how best to navigate the murky waters that this Australian ban

has imposed.

While the sale and distribution of e-nicotine products has become illegal within Australia,

it is still perfectly legal to import devices from outside the country. This is possible thanks to

Australia’s Personal Importation Scheme (not including Queensland). While importation of

nicotine is still legal, there are a couple of requirements that must be met. Namely, due to

nicotine being listed in the Poison Standard, it is necessary to possess a prescription from a

medical provider. That being said, these devices can be imported for therapeutic use by the

importer and their immediate family. While importing devices is still legal, you must be cautious

to not import more than a 3 month supply (a rational measure of a 3 month supply isn’t made,

but keeping orders under 1000ml total should give you no problems when importing your

devices).

Overall, while Australia’s ban on e-devices definitely makes getting a device more

difficult, it’s still possible to get your cravings satiated thanks to lax importation laws from the

country. As long as you obtain a prescription, keep your shipments to reasonable quantities and

only intend to use the devices on yourself and immediate family, then you should have no

problem satisfying your nicotine cravings.

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