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Vape Regulations 2024

Last updated 11 April 2024 (two stars ** indicate new information added/updated).

If you're confused about what's happening this year regarding vape laws and regulations, you aren't the only one. We too are unclear on aspects of the proposed 2024 vape regulations but do our best to communicate what we understand.

We created this page to give you as much information as possible about the proposed 2024 vape regulations, as we understand them, along with links to government, doctor and news articles that have further information. We also have some frequently asked questions at the end of the page.

We keep this page as updated as possible. If you've subscribed to our email list, we'll also let you know when updates occur.

Unchanged regulations

These are ways regulations will not change:

  • You have to be at least 18 to purchase ANY vape product.
  • You need a prescription to purchase nicotine vaping products.
  • Pre-filled disposable vapes with nicotine are (and always have been) illegal to sell in Australia except from a pharmacy.

Proposed changes

The proposed 2024 vaping regulations, introduced in late 2023, include the following changes (as we understand them). Please read the links in the 'More information' section as they are our resources for information.

From 1 January

  • Ban on importing disposable vapes (those that are prefilled with e-liquid and are single-use only). Regulations seem to be updated now to say that importing disposable vapes is banned for individuals but businesses can import them if they hold a licence and permit from the Office of Drug Control (ODC).
  • We can continue to sell nicotine-free disposable vapes we have in stock after 1 Jan but cannot import any more. When we say nic-free, we mean it. You can request to see the safety reports on our disposable vapes which confirm this.
  • All doctor or nurse practitioners can now prescribe nicotine vaping products without acquiring the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA's) approval. It is up to the doctor or nurse to choose whether they provide these prescriptions.

From 1 March

  • Ban on importation of all vape products including e-liquid (with or without nicotine) and hardware by individuals, even with a prescription. Businesses will need a licence and permit from ODC to import, and must notify TGA of each product's compliance with their standards (link to current list of notified vapes, mostly submitted by pharmaceutical companies as at Feb 2024, is in the 'More information' section below)
  • Vape stores, like us, can continue to sell the nicotine-free vaping products they have in stock after 1 March but cannot import more without licence/permit/notification to TGA. We are unsure how long we'll be allowed to do this.
  • Vape products imported from 1 March must meet new device and e-liquid standards, and only be sold in a pharmacy, with prescription.
  • All vape products classified as a therapeutic product for the use of smoking cessation or the management of nicotine dependence (formerly classified as smoke product, under same laws as cigarettes).
  • Personal importation scheme will end meaning, as an individual, it will be prohibited to order nicotine or nicotine vape products from overseas, even with a prescription (as we were previously allowed to do).
  • New device and e-liquid standards by TGA.
  • Limits on flavours to mint, menthol and tobacco for vape products imported after 1 March.
  • Current vape businesses wishing to remain in the vape industry require an import licence and permit, to become suppliers to pharmacies.

After 1 March

The Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Vaping Reforms) Bill 2024 was introduced to Parliament on 21 March by the Minister for Health and Aged Care which needs to be passed through Parliament (approved by the majority of ministers, we're guessing) in order to enforce the following:

  • Retail vape sales ban from 1 July, prohibiting tobacconists, vape stores and convenience stores from selling non-therapeutic vapes.
  • Ban on importation, manufacture, supply and commercial possession, of disposable, single-use vapes and non-therapeutic vapes. If the bill passes, illegal vape manufactures and suppliers could face fines up to $2.2 million and seven years jail time.

If this bill passes through Parliament, vape stores will have to close to the public from 1 July.

**Bill progress

The vaping reform Bill was debated in Parliament with many Ministers speaking both in favour or opposed to the proposed Bill. It is now up to a Senate Committee of Inquiry to decide if Australia will continue with the proposed Bill and prescription-only model or move to regulation of vapes like cigarettes.

Submissions to the committee by individuals or organisations are due on 12 April and the committee's report is due on 8 May.

    Have your say

    There are actions we can take right now, vapers and non-vapers alike, that may influence Parliament's decision on the new vape regulations:

    More information

    Government organisations

    Doctors

    Other organisations

    News articles

    Frequently Asked Questions