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Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

               

Brief Overview

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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Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.

Relevant Links & Articles

Therapeutic Goods Administration: https://www.tga.gov.au/community-qa/electronic-cigarettes

Tobacco Control Laws: https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/australia/laws

Smoke Free Laws: https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/australia/sf-indoor

World Health Organization Tobacco Report: http://www.who.int/tobacco/surveillance/policy/country_profile/aus.pdf

Tobacco Atlas Information: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/country-data/australia/

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