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Can You Buy Electronic Cigarettes In Australia?

Australia is known for a lot of things. World-famous for its natural wonders and wide-open spaces, its beaches, and deserts, the 'Outback', major cities such as Sydney and Perth, it is one of the world's most urbanised countries.

Something else the country is known for, especially amongst vaping bubbles and communities, is its tough stance against electronic cigarettes (and nicotine in general). The country has the most stringent laws in the Western world when it comes to these things, and this has led many people to believe that they cannot buy e-cigs and related products in Australia.

In this article, we hope to dispel some common myths and teach you how you can get access to vaping products, even those that include nicotine, in Australia.

What is the Legal Situation?

The legal situation in Australia is complicated, but there is a way for Australian vapers to buy e-cigarettes with nicotine. Before we cover that, though, let's sum up Australia's 'vaping laws'. Whilst we will refer to them as vaping laws here, they are actually the laws surrounding nicotine.

Under Australian law, nicotine is banned and scheduled as a dangerous poison. This means that it is illegal for nicotine or any nicotine-containing items, aside from cigarettes and products used for medical reasons, to be sold by a local retailer.

That is the law surrounding nicotine. As for the law surrounding e-cigarettes, it is currently still being developed.

At the moment, the sale of electronic cigarettes is controlled by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Also, importing electronic cigarettes and related products (such as nicotine vape juices) is illegal unless it is approved by the TGA. Fortunately, the TGA has stated that there are no laws or restrictions preventing the importation of vaping products for personal use unless specific state laws say otherwise.

And what do the state laws say?

Right now, the consensus is that vaping products can be imported and used in any state or territory. So, while you cannot buy vaping products in every state, as we will see in a moment, you can still use them.

So, Can You Buy Electronic Cigarettes in Australia or Not?

In some states, you can buy the actual vaping device---whether it's an e-cig or a vaping tank or mod---itself. In some states, however, you cannot buy vaping devices, even those sold without any nicotine-containing components, because the sale of them is illegal. It is true, however, that you can still buy these products online from Vaper Empire and have them shipped directly to you in Australia.

States and territories where selling vaping hardware (e.g. e-cigs) locally is legal:

  • Queensland
  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • South Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • Capital Territory
  • Tasmania

States and territories where selling vaping hardware (e.g. e-cigs) locally is illegal:

  • Western Australia

Why Are E-Cigarettes Heavily Restricted in Australia?

Australia has for a long time been recognised as a world leader in tobacco control. Over the past two decades, smoking rates are estimated to have dropped by as much as 10%.

E-cigarettes, despite being popular elsewhere in the world, have been met by strong resistance from health experts countrywide.

Professor Matthew Peters, Head of Respiratory Medicine at Sydney's Concord Hospital, is known for going on record to say, "We have very low rates of smoking that are going lower, and we don't need to experiment with something like e-cigarettes at the moment. We just can't have a product available to the public on a hunch that it might be safer than smoking over the long run. Because it's no more than a hunch".

This is despite Public Health England's latest e-cigarette evidence review, which has found vaping e-cigs to be "likely 95% less harmful" than smoking conventional cigarettes.

How to Buy Vapes and Vaping Equipment in Australia

If you want to buy nicotine vaping products in Australia (i.e. starter packs that come with nicotine e-liquids or nicotine e-liquids as standalone products) then you can---it is very easy to do so.

All you need to do is order it online.

Yep, it really is that simple.

You can order from any retailer that legally operates outside Australia, as it is not illegal to import vaping products that contain nicotine. Here at Vaper Empire, we sell nicotine and nicotine-free vaping products to adult customers in Australia and have been doing so since 2012, making us one of Australia's oldest and most well-trusted suppliers of premium vaping products.

There are a few things to keep in mind, though:

  1. You must be ordering the for personal, therapeutic use;
  2. You can only purchase up to a three months' supply in one order; and
  3. The shipment's undiscounted value must be below the $1,000 AUD mark or extra customs fees may apply.

And, don't chance that second point of only importing up to a three months' supply. If your package is intercepted then it will be returned to the sender or destroyed by customs officials.

To learn more on how to buy nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquids in Australia, read our complete guide.

What Should I Look at When Buying Vape Juice?

Aside from buying only from a reputable manufacturer of vaping products (e.g. us at Vaper Empire), you want to be checking that you are buying the right e-liquid for you. If you are a newbie vaper, you will get a feeling for what's right and works best for you over time. When you are just starting out, choose a flavour that sounds appealing for you and that has a nicotine concentration that's suited to your needs.

Vape juices come in nicotine concentration as low as 0mg/mL (nicotine free) to 36mg/mL+ (very heavy). At Vaper Empire, we offer vape juice between 0mg/mL and 24mg/mL.

If you are a non-smoker and want to vape just for enjoyment, go for 0mg/mL nicotine-free vape juices---you don't need the nicotine because it is there to satisfy the nicotine 'cravings' of ex-smokers.

If you are a super heavy smoker (a pack a day or more) who is quitting via vaping, go for e-liquids with a higher concentration of nicotine.

For more on choosing the right e-liquid nicotine strength, read our guide.

Visit the Vaper Empire Online Store

At Vaper Empire, we stock a huge range of e-liquids across two ranges---Classic and Artisan---that come in lots of classic and weird and wonderful flavours. We also sell a huge range of bespoke vaping devices, accessories, starter kits, and other products.

We ship directly to Australia and you can have your package in as little as three-to-five business days.

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