New South Wales

               

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.

E-cigarettes are not covered under the New South Wales Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, therefore, vaping is not restricted in smoke-free areas. Non-nicotine e-liquids and e-cigarettes can be purchased freely from both vape stores and some tobacconists. Nicotine and nicotine-containing e-liquids are illegal to purchase and import (clause 20 of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008), although they are legal to use.

There are a small number of vape stores to be found in New South Wales, mainly around the Sydney area.

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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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