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Prescriptions for Nicotine in Australia

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PodVapes is Australia’s leading online nicotine pod vape store. When you buy online from PodVapes, your products are express shipped same day from our New Zealand warehouse, direct to your door.

HOW DO I GET A NICOTINE PRESCRIPTION?

Nicotine prescriptions can be obtained from Australian-registered GPs or specialist doctors. Some doctors require a face to face appointment, however many provide phone or online telehealth appointments that may be covered by Medicare.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY PRESCRIPTION?

There are two options for providing a copy of your prescription to PodVapes so we can include it in your orders:

Option 1.
You can email your prescription PDF or image file through to scripts@podvapes.com.au and we will include it with your orders. (Please send us your prescription using the email address linked to your PodVapes account login.)

Option 2.
Submit your prescription file using the form at the top of this page.

IMPORTING MY VAPING SUPPLIES

Individuals can import nicotine into Australia under the Personal Importation Scheme regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Australian Government Department of Health. The conditions for the import of nicotine e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid products into Australia are:

  • Australians can import up to a maximum of a 3 month supply of nicotine vape products;
  • The nicotine products must be for yourself or a member of your immediate family; 
  • You must not supply, sell or give the nicotine products to any other person; 
  • Where possible, you must keep the products in their original packaging with labels intact; 
  • The total quantity of the goods imported within a 12 month period must not exceed 15 months supply of the goods; and
  • You must have a valid prescription from an Australian-registered medical practitioner for the nicotine.

The Australian Border Force is tasked with enforcing the prescription requirements and may seize any non-compliant nicotine vape deliveries that do not include the prescription information. 

Prescription FAQs

What are the new Australian nicotine vaping laws?

The new Australian nicotine vaping laws are regulations made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Australian Government Department of Health. 

The new regulations align the current practices of consumers importing nicotine vape supplies purchased online with a newly added capability to purchase nicotine vape supplies from Australian pharmacies. 

Additionally, the TGA has released a guidance document (TGO 110) that specifies new Australian product standards for nicotine vape products and devices. These guidelines cover standards for ingredients and include a list of prohibited ingredients. TGO 110 also includes labelling and packaging standards for nicotine vaping products to be sold in Australian pharmacies. 

Obtaining Nicotine eCigarettes

This diagram from the TGA outlines the process for vapers in Australia to follow: 

International Online Vape Stores

As is the current situation, consumers in Australia will continue to need a valid Australian medical prescription to buy nicotine products online and have them shipped into Australia from overseas.

With a doctor's prescription, Australian consumers can legally buy up to 3 months worth of nicotine e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine from international online vape stores. 

Consumers can then legally import these nicotine products into Australia through the TGA Personal Importation Scheme. The products must be for the consumer’s own personal use or for the use of an immediate family member. 

Consumers will need to provide details of their prescription for inclusion with the shipment. The the products and prescriptions may be checked by the Australian Border Force. 

Australian Pharmacies

After 1 October 2021, Australian consumers with a valid nicotine prescription will be able to obtain nicotine e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids from some local Australian pharmacies and Australian-based online pharmacies that choose to dispense nicotine vape products. 

Australian Vape Stores

Other than pharmacies, it will continue to illegal for any other retailers including vape stores in Australia to sell nicotine e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine in Australia.

Overseas Travellers 

Travellers entering Australia from overseas are allowed to import a 3 month supply of nicotine e-cigarettes for personal use if they have a nicotine prescription and meet Traveller’s Exemption requirements

TGO 110 - The New Product Standard

TGO 110 is the new product standard for nicotine vaping products and vaping devices sold by pharmacies or imported into Australia.

 TGO 110 mandates the Ingredient Requirements for nicotine vaping products, including both imported vape products purchased online and pharmacy-supplied vape products purchased within Australia. The key points are:

  • Nicotine must be the only active ingredient;
  • Nicotine concentration must be between 90% to 110% of what is stated on the label; 
  • Nicotine concentrations must be less than or equal to 100 mg/mL (i.e. This means a maximum strength of 10% nicotine by volume); and 
  • No prohibited ingredients can be added to the products. 

TGO 110 includes a list of Prohibited Ingredients, and explains why each of these is prohibited. 

TGO 110 also specifies the Labelling and Packaging requirements for products to be sold by Australian pharmacies.  

More Information

This FAQ info is intended to be a helpful and concise summary of the new regulation changes. 

For more detailed information, please visit the links below to the TGA website. 

Nicotine e-cigarettes

Nicotine e-cigarettes: Information for consumers

Nicotine e-cigarettes: Questions and answers

TGO 110 Guidance for Therapeutic Goods (Standard for Nicotine Vaping Products)  (TGA PDF)

 

How is this different from the current law?

As of 1 October 2021, Australian retail pharmacies and online pharmacies are able to legally dispense nicotine e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids to consumers who have a valid doctor’s prescription. 

The laws and regulations in effect prior to 1 October 2021 allowed consumers with a valid nicotine prescription to buy up to 3 months supply of nicotine vape products from international online vape shops and import the products under the Personal Importation Scheme. This ability continues under the new regulations. 

In addition, a new product standard (TGO 110) applies to regulate ingredients for vape products, and for packaging and labelling sold by Australian pharmacies. 

For more info, please refer to the Question above “What are the new Australian vaping laws?” 

When do the new Australian nicotine laws take effect? 

The new TGA nicotine regulations for Australia take effect on 1 October 2021. 

What is the Personal Importation Scheme?

The Personal Importation Scheme is a defined set of rules to regulate the import into Australia of therapeutic goods for personal use. Under the Scheme, individuals can import a 3 month supply of unapproved therapeutic goods without any approval being required by the TGA provided that various conditions are met. 

The conditions for the import of nicotine e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid products into Australia are:

  • The nicotine products must be for yourself or a member of your immediate family; 
  • You must not supply, sell or give the nicotine products to any other person; 
  • Where possible, you must keep the products in their original packaging with labels intact; 
  • The total quantity of the goods imported within a 12 month period must not exceed 15 months supply of the goods; and
  • You must have a valid prescription from an Australian-registered medical practitioner for the nicotine.

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Can I still buy nicotine vape supplies online?

Yes, you can still buy your nicotine vape supplies online from an online vape store such as PodVapes. You will need a valid doctor’s prescription for the nicotine, and you can legally purchase and import up to a 3 months’ supply of your nicotine vape products for your personal use.  

Do I need a nicotine prescription?

Yes. If you do not currently have a valid nicotine prescription, then PodVapes recommends that you speak with a doctor before 1 October 2021 to obtain a prescription for nicotine.

Please see our FAQ ‘How do I get a prescription?’ for more information. 

How do I get a prescription?

To obtain a nicotine prescription, you will need to talk with your GP or other medical practitioner.  

Not all GPs are supportive of vaping, however this is changing now that both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)  and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) are publicly supporting vaping as a means to quit smoking. 

If you do not have a supportive GP, there are plenty of other good Australian doctors available to help. Some require an in-person, face-to-face appointment, however many doctors now provide phone or online telehealth appointments. 

These Telehealth appointments are often fully covered by Medicare and your nicotine prescription can then be provided electronically by SMS or email. 

Here are some options for you to consider: 

How much can I order?

With the Personal Importation Scheme, you can order up to 3 months’ supplies of your prescribed nicotine products at any one time, and a maximum of 15 months' supply in a 12 month period.

How does it relate to disposables?

Vaping devices are regulated differently to the vaping products such as the e-liquids contained inside the devices, the new regulations cover SOME vaping devices and ALL nicotine e-liquids.

Disposable, non-refillable vaping devices, including both disposable devices and non-refillable disposable pods are not considered medical devices and are therefore NOT regulated by the TGA.

The nicotine liquids inside these devices ARE regulated as explained in the rest of these FAQs. 

How does it relate to devices?

Vaping devices are electronic devices used to heat vaping products to produce an aerosol (i.e. mist or emission) that can be inhaled. Vaping devices are regulated differently to the vaping products such as the e-liquids contained inside the devices. The new regulations cover SOME vaping devices and ALL nicotine e-liquids. 

Disposable, non-refillable vaping devices, including both disposable devices and non-refillable disposable pods ARE NOT considered medical devices and are therefore not regulated by the TGA. 

Refillable devices ARE considered medical devices if they are intended to be used exclusively with ‘medicinal vaping products’.  i.e. vaping products that contain nicotine (in salt and/or base form) and/or another active ingredient, such as cannabis. 

Refillable devices ARE NOT considered medical devices if they are intended to be used only with ‘non-medicinal vaping products’ (i.e. vaping products that contain no active ingredients, such as flavour only products), or are intended to be used with both non-medicinal and medicinal vaping products.

The regulations covering ‘medical devices’ are complex, and made more so as the TGA is currently in the process of reviewing and updating the Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Medical Devices (ARGMD). More information is available here

Are any vape ingredients now prohibited?

Yes, TGO 110 specifies a list of Prohibited Ingredients. 

Some ingredients used in cheap, low quality or counterfeit vape liquids sold around the world are now classified as prohibited ingredients in Australia due to safety concerns. 


Please note, PodVapes sells only genuine authentic high quality pods with high quality e-liquids, and none of the PodVapes products include any prohibited ingredients.  

This table of Prohibited Ingredients is extracted from the TGO 110 standard and is reproduced for your convenience. 

Prohibited Ingredient

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Acetoin

  • Used in foods to create buttery or creamy flavour
  • Associated with irreversible lung damage (NICNAS 2019)
  • Can be a source of diacetyl in nicotine vaping products 

Benzaldehyde

  • Used in foods and drinks to create cherry and almond flavours
  • Classified by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals as ‘Harmful in inhaled’ 
  • Reported to possibly cause respiratory failure, depression of the central nervous system and convulsions at high concentrations 

Cinnamaldehyde

  • Used in foods to create a cinnamon flavour
  • Capable of cytotoxicity, impaired immune cell function and sensitisation 

Diacetyl

  • Used in foods to create buttery or creamy flavour
  • Linked to irreversible lung damage known as bronchiolitis obliterans, or ‘popcorn lung’ 
  • Prohibited ingredient in consumer nicotine vaping products in Canada and the UK

Diethylene glycol

  • Central nervous system, renal and cardiac toxicity have been demonstrated following exposure to diethylene glycol, inhalation-specific toxicity data is limited
  • Cannot be used as a diluent in consumer nicotine vaping products in Canada and the UK

Ethylene glycol

  • Respiratory irritation observed in humans and exposure linked to renal toxicity, presence in vaping products associated with toxicological hazards 
  • Cannot be used as a diluent in consumer nicotine vaping products in Canada and the UK

Pentane-2,3-dione (2,3-pentanedione or acetylpropionyl)

  • Used in foods to create buttery or creamy flavour
  • Structurally related replacement for diacetyl and associated with respiratory impairment (decreased lung function), fibrosis of the intrapulmonary airways in rats (similar to bronchiolitis obliterans in humans) 
  • Prohibited ingredient in consumer nicotine vaping products in Canada and the UK

Vitamin E acetate (dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate)

  • Associated with outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) which resulted in over 2,000 hospitalisations or deaths 

Can I still place my order before 1st October?

Yes, you can place orders with PodVapes before 1 October 2021, however you can continue to place orders with us after this date as well. For us, it’s pretty much ‘business as usual’. 

We welcome these new changes and assure you that we will continue to provide top quality pod vaping products at great prices, backed by our friendly 24/7 customer service and support. 

Where can I find more information?

What Do I Do With My Prescription?

There are two options for providing a copy of your prescription to PodVapes so we can include it in your order:
1. Use the Upload form at the top of this page to submit your prescription
2. Email scripts@podvapes.com.au with your prescription. Please attach your prescription as either a PDF or Image file. Please send from the email address linked to your PodVapes account login.

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