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Australian vape laws

Access to nicotine will require a doctor's prescription from 1 October 2021.

Vaping and purchasing (nationally or internationally) non-nicotine electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) will still be legal in Australia (depending on your state laws). Importing or purchasing nicotine, nicotine e-liquid or nicotine-filled e-cigarettes will require a doctor's prescription.


The Australian laws regarding e-cigarettes vary from state to state.

There is a consensus however that e-cigarettes:

  • are classified as smoke products
  • are governed by the same laws as tobacco products
  • containing liquid nicotine are illegal to sell.

We’ve included links to relevant authorities in each state so you can have official information regarding the laws in your state and how they apply to you.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

New South Wales (NSW)

Tasmania (TAS)

Northern Territory (NT)

South Australia (SA)

Queensland (QLD)

Victoria (VIC)

Western Australia (WA)