Australian federal law classifies nicotine as a restricted poison unless it is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in traditional tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, etc) or for approved therapeutic purposes. Therefore, nicotine e-liquid is currently not available for sale in Australia.
As of August 2016, e-cigarettes are regulated in much the same way as tobacco in the Australian Capital Territory. It is illegal to use electronic cigarettes in legislated smoke-free areas. Non-nicotine e-liquids and e-cigarettes can be purchased freely from both vape stores and some tobacconists, and although nicotine e-liquid can’t be purchased from Australian retailers or websites, ‘personal quantities’ can be legally imported from overseas*.
There is currently only one known vape store to be found in the Australian Capital Territory, just north of Canberra.
*’Personal quantities’ is defined as a 3-month supply for one person. This amount is subjective and at the discretion of customs officers.
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