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Find out how we define and regulate vapes in Australia. 

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The Government is taking strong action to address vaping in Australia through a comprehensive range of regulatory reforms that change the way vapes can be imported, manufactured, supplied and advertised in Australia. 

Vapes include vaping substances, vaping accessories and vaping devices.

Vaping legislation passes the Australian Parliament 

Following the commencement of the Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Vaping Reforms) Act 2024 on 1 July 2024:

  • non-pharmacy retailers such as tobacconists, vape shops and convenience stores cannot sell any type of vape
  • therapeutic vapes that meet TGA requirements will continue to be available from pharmacies where clinically appropriate
  • anyone involved in transporting, storing or handling vapes must comply with strict requirements 
  • the advertising or promotion of vapes is prohibited, except where specifically authorised
  • importers and sponsors continue to be required to hold an import licence and permit from the Office of Drug Control and meet relevant product standards.

Until 30 September 2024, patients need to speak with a medical or nurse practitioner to:

  • get a prescription to buy vapes containing nicotine, and
  • access zero-nicotine vapes

Cannabis vapes are subject to separate strict regulations (see the Medicinal cannabis hub). 

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