January 1st, 2021 is set to bring us more than just an end to the year of 2020 as Australian’s patiently await to hear the final decision of the Australian Government regarding the future nicotine ban.
Examples of nicotine products that would be subject to the importation ban include unflavoured nicotine, e-liquids, pre-filled pods and disposable pods that contain nicotine.
What you need to know
The new laws will mean that vaping won’t be completely banned in Australia, however there will be strict laws around the importation of vaping products that contain nicotine. Although the laws around importing nicotine related products will slightly vary between states, there are still ways you will be able to access these products, but it would not be able to be accessed as easily as it currently is.
In Australia, many vapers and vape retailers are fighting against this ban by emailing local MP’s, signing petitions and sharing their stories of how vaping helped them quit smoking. For a lot of people vaping has helped them quit smoking, with Australia seeing the number of smokers drop from 22.3% to 13.8% over the past 20 years.
What the Australian Government is Proposing
Provided you have a prescription from a valid Australian medical practitioner, you will be able to access nicotine products (for example, vape juice containing nicotine) for you and for a family member (if that family member also has a valid prescription as well). In most states, you can legally buy vaporisers however they must not contain nicotine.
The Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association has prepared a list of doctors by state that are known to prescribe nicotine. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will prescribe it, it means that they will assess your situation and will provide you with a prescription if they think it is appropriate. This list can be found by following the link below:
After this law is implemented, vapers may feel compelled to buy vape juices illegally, or in other words off the black market. This can be very dangerous because when buying from an illegitimate source the juice may be:
- Nicotine strength may be unknown, incorrect or inconsistent
- Made with unauthorized/dangerous ingredients
For these reasons, we obviously want to keep vaping legal and safe for everyone to use.
What you can do
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen, who himself has used vaping to quit smoking, is pushing for nicotine vapes to be legalised and is even calling for the creation of a domestic vaping industry.
Mr Johnsen has create a petition online which you can sign here at vapethestate.com.au.
This essentially is calling to amend the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods (Poisons List) Proclamation 2016 to exclude nicotine from the Poisons List when used in the preparation of vaping and e-cigarette products.
Although this may only have a direct effect on NSW, we believe it is a great start for Australia and other states are bound to follow suit, when they see the success this would bring to everyone involved.
Just like many other vape retailers, we encourage you to get in touch with your local MP to share your story to try sway their vote in favour vaping. Legalisevaping.com.au has created a form which makes it quick and easy for you to contact your local MP, you can choose to use the pre-written message, add onto this message or write your own message.