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.

Under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996, it is an offence for a person to manufacture, obtain, possess, prescribe, dispense, sell, advertise, destroy or even use nicotine in Queensland. This includes importing nicotine or nicotine-containing products for any reason. Basically, don’t even say the word ‘nicotine’ here, as fines can be over $9,000 for each of the above offences. However, non-nicotine e-liquids and e-cigarettes can be purchased freely from both vape stores and some tobacconists.

Under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Tobacco Act), e-cigarettes are restricted in all areas where smoking is also restricted.

There are currently a few vape stores to be found in Queensland, mainly around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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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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