Prescriptions for Nicotine in Australia
This article provides an overview of how you can get a nicotine prescription in Australia in order to purchase nicotine products and provide you with information on nicotine regulation in Australia. You’ll also learn how to import nicotine into the country, if necessary, typically done by importing nicotine e-liquids.
How can you get a prescription for nicotine?
In Australia, electronic devices that don’t contain nicotine, liquids, and vaping accessories can be bought legally without prescription.
However, as of October 1st 2021, vaping accessories and products, such as nicotine vapes, nicotine vapor pods and nicotine liquids, can only be purchased with an Australian medical prescription. Australia has already classified nicotine as a Schedule 4 substance, but the authorities have not enforced the law up to now.
In short, to legally import, purchase, and use vaping products containing nicotine, consumers will require a medical prescription from an Australian doctor. With that being said, you shouldn’t have any problems getting a prescription for nicotine if vaping is right for you.
Vaping could be right for you if:
- You’re a current or ex-smoker
- You’re an adult aged 18+
- You want to stop smoking, and cold turkey and/or other nicotine replacement therapy hasn’t worked for you.
Many Australian general practitioners are reluctant to give nicotine prescriptions to people who wish to quit smoking using vapes. Although any doctor can write a prescription for vaping, many are hesitant to do so or have not completed the documentation required by the TGA to become an Authorized Prescriber. But, there has been a significant improvement in health care due to changes in regulations as well as improvements in guidelines provided by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
Ways to Obtain Nicotine prescription in Australia
Having said that, it’s a good idea to try a local GP first. Alternatively, the TGA has released a list of sources where smokers can speak to a health professional to obtain a prescription for nicotine. In addition to this there are many resources where you can get a prescription for vaping in Australia
Other sources to obtain the doctor prescriptions are listed below:
- Prescriptionvape.com.au doctors will review your case at no cost and, if eligible, provide you with a free vape prescription. Once you make your first purchase, your prescription will be sent directly to our partner pharmacy for dispense and shipping to your door.
- ATHRA has a growing list of TGA prescribed doctors across Australia who can help. You can obtain nicotine prescriptions through face-to-face consultations or inputting an inquiry for a prescription online.
- VapingScripts.com.au is an online provider specialising in helping smokers quit. If approved, their service provides a 3-month prescription for $75.
What to do after you get a prescription for nicotine?
Once you’ve got a valid prescription, you can get your vape products from an Australian pharmacy or order it online. If you are purchasing the nicotine juice cartridges from overseas, you’ll have to send a copy of your prescription to the seller so they can attach it to your order. That way, if the Border Force intercepts your package, they know it’s legal and you’ll be able to receive your package safely.
If you purchase a product via prescriptionvape.com.au, the prescription will be valid for 12 months and will be shipped from a local Australian pharmacy.
Can I still order nicotine vape juice from overseas?
While it is completely legal to import nicotine vape juice into Australia, you still require a prescription to purchase via the Personal Import Scheme, and you are only permitted to import 3 months supply. If you decide to purchase from a retailer based overseas, be sure to buy from a reputable supplier who is able to meet the Australian TGO 110 quality standard.
Please note that if you are importing vapes or vape juices containing nicotine from overseas, the TGA requires you to lawfully comply with the following conditions, if you don’t comply with the following conditions you can potentially risk facing fines and customs confiscating your package:
- As nicotine is listed under Poison Standard, the importer should possess a prescription from a registered medical practitioner.
- The products can be imported for the therapeutic use of the importers or their immediate family.
- The amount of nicotine e-liquids imported should not be more than 3-month supply. (there is currently no indicator as to what a 3 month supply is, however anything under 1000ml’s will most likely pass through customs)
- The product should not contain any substance prohibited under Customs Act. (Nicotine is not prohibited under this act)
- Nicotine e-liquids imported in a 12 month period should not exceed a 15-month supply.
For more information, please visit NSW Health tobacco and smoking control website or contact the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412.
Information on access to nicotine vaping products is available from the TGA:
Information on authorised prescribers of unapproved nicotine vaping products
Information on vaping and obtaining a nicotine prescription ATHRA: