TGA Slams Multiple Australian Vendors for Vaping Breaches

Since the new vaping laws took effect from October 1st 2021, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has doubled down on enforcing the new rules to ensure compliance with the law. 

In just under a month, the TGA has already issued fines totalling over $250,000 to companies and individuals who are breaching the new regulations. 

What’s very clear is that it’s crucial you have a prescription to vape, and to buy products from a company that complies with the new regulations such as Prescription Vape.

Fines Distributed by the TGA for Illegal Vapes

Here is a list of the companies that have been fined so far by the TGA for advertising or selling nicotine vapes without a prescription.

Melbourne company fined $93,240 for illegal vape advertising.

Penalty: Seven infringement notices, totalling $93,240.
Breach: Unlawful advertising of nicotine vaping products on its website.

The TGA asked them to immediately remove all advertising of nicotine vaping products from the website as vaping products that contain nicotine are prescription-only medicines.

More details on the TGA website.

Sydney company fined $106,560 for advertising breaches of vaping products.

Penalty: Eight infringement notices, totalling $106,560.
Breach: Unlawful advertising of nicotine vaping products on various websites.

The company failed to come into compliance and the TGA requested the company to review their website and remove all non-compliant advertising.

More details on the TGA website.

Melbourne individual fined $7,992 for importing unregistered vaping products.

Penalty: Three infringement notices, totalling $7,992.
Breach: The individual imported unregistered liquid nicotine vaping products.

More details on the TGA website.

Sydney company fined $39,960 for unlawful advertising of nicotine vaping products.

Penalty: Three infringement notices, totalling $39,960.
Breach: Advertised, on its website, disposable nicotine vaping products that contain a Schedule 4 prescription only substance. 

The website was taken down, however the TGA identified that it had been moved to a different domain name.

Read more on the TGA website.

Melbourne individual fined $18,648 for illegally advertising nicotine pods.

Penalty: Seven infringement notices, totalling $18,648.
Breach: Advertised nicotine pods that contain a Schedule 4 prescription only medicine. 

Although changes were made to the website, they failed to substantially address the TGA’s concerns and it appeared that attempts were made to conceal ownership of the website.

Read more on the TGA website.

There’s definitely more to come in this space.  So make sure you’re up to date with the latest TGA guidelines and don’t get caught with illegal vaping products without a prescription as individuals can also be fined! 

Always ensure you have a prescription to vape, and if you do, take the necessary steps to make sure that the products you’re purchasing are from a reputable source that follows TGO110 guidelines and Australian regulations. The TGA has also given a general warning of counterfeit products.

Legislation by state:

NSW | QLD | VIC | WA | NT | ACT | TAS

Curious about how to legally access nicotine prescriptions for vaping?

Find all the information you need in this article.

More information

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 vaping and obtaining a nicotine prescription ATHRA
Want to know more? Below are some useful links for you to read up on if you’re interested: 

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