Is it illegal to buy e-liquids containing nicotine in Australia?
Unfortunately, it is illegal to purchase any e-liquids or e-cigarettes containing nicotine for personal use from any Australian retailer as it is classified as a schedule 7 – Dangerous Poision under the National Poisons Standard. However, if the e-cigarette is for therapeutic purposes such as smoking cessation or alleviation of nicotine withdrawal, the e-cigarette must be registered by the TGA in order to be lawfully sold. This is only available by a doctor as a schedule 4 prescription only medicine under the National Poisons Standard.
The Australian vaping community is fighting back and pressuring the government to change these laws. Progress has been made and e-cigarettes are currently under a federal Parliamentary inquiry to examine whether e-liquids containing nicotine in Australia should be legalised. So far the inquiry into e-cigarettes is still not allowing e-liquids and e-cigarettes containing nicotine to be sold in Australia and it is likely that the federal government will not be changing their stance on this in the near future.