Australian Vape Ban Law

The Australian E-Liquid Ban has been postponed until January 21. For more information on the effort to block the Australian Department of Health's power grab, make sure you check out our deep-dive: Australian MPs Block Vape Ban Power Grab.

For a complete analysis of the Australia Vape Ban, check out our feature: Australian Vape Prohibition Punishes Marginalized. To view the Official Office of Drug Control Press Release click here.

To summarize:

  • Vapor4Life can not ship eliquids and disposables containing nicotine to Australia after June 25, 2020.
  • Nicotine free e-liquids are still permitted.
  • There is a process of obtaining a prescription for vaporizer e-liquids that contain nicotine but orders by mail are no longer allowed.
  • Orders for e-liquid prescriptions have to be fulfilled through a courier service or a compounding pharmacy. You will need to speak with your physician for more details and information on authorized sellers.
  • Customs will not refund you for intercepted orders.

Complete Guide to Australian Vape Ban Law

  • • Regulations from 1 July 2020 prohibiting the importation of e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine (nicotine in solution or in salt or base form) and nicotine-containing refills unless on prescription from a doctor.
  • • If both you and your doctor believe that the use of nicotine e-cigarettes can help you to stop smoking then you can still access the products with appropriate medical supervision. You will need a prescription from your doctor for an e-cigarette containing vaporiser nicotine, and it will need to be obtained on your behalf by a medical supplier or from a pharmacist who dispenses it for your use as the named patient. The company or the pharmacist will need to be given a copy of your prescription.
  • • You are no longer permitted to import nicotine for use in e-cigarettes directly from an overseas supplier without a valid import permit.
  • • Individuals would get their vaporiser nicotine-containing e-cigarettes or nicotine-containing refills via a permission granted by the Department of Health to a doctor or medical supplier who would be able to import the goods using a courier service or by cargo service.  The goods cannot be imported through international mail. Passengers who arrive in Australia with vaporiser nicotine containing e-cigarettes and nicotine-containing refills that match a prescription they are carrying with them, would be exempt from the prohibition.
  • • If you have been using non-nicotine containing e-cigarettes, you can locally purchase (where legal in your state or territory); or alternatively you can import e-cigarettes which do not contain vaporiser nicotine.
  • • An Australian pharmacist may dispense or compound vaporiser nicotine for use in an e-cigarette by a named patient holding a valid Australian prescription.
  • • The Australian Border Force (ABF) is obliged by law to seize e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine which arrive in Australia on or after 1 July 2020. The ABF is also obliged to send you a seizure letter giving you an opportunity to object to the seizure of the e-cigarettes. For example, a valid objection may be because they do not contain vaporiser nicotine. The government, through the TGA laboratories, may also test products that are suspected of containing nicotine.
  • • You may not bring e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine into Australia by international surface or airmail services. A doctor may apply for permission to import and, if successful, may use courier services (e.g. Federal Express or UPS), or a commercial organisation that handles prescription e-cigarettes may apply for a permit and import the products through these routes. Supply to you would be in accordance with the doctor's prescription.
  • • There are harsh penalties for importing, attempting to import and possessing a prohibited import under the Customs Act 1901. These offences are punishable by penalty of up to 1,000 penalty units (from 1 July 2020, $222,000).
  • • To comply with the law, if you believe e-cigarettes may assist you with smoking cessation please discuss with your doctor and follow the correct procedure.
  • • Combustible cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapies including sprays, patches, lozenges and chews will remain available.