Nicotine prescribing and vaping products 

Nicotine prescribing and vaping products 

As of 1 March 2024 vapes containing nicotine, including nicotine e-cigarettes, nicotine pods and liquid nicotine can only be supplied in Australia with a prescription. All vapes containing nicotine are regulated as prescription medicines under the therapeutic goods framework so can only be supplied in pharmacy settings. It is unlawful for retailers such as tobacconists, vape shops and convenience stores, to sell vapes containing nicotine, even to customers with a prescription.

Doctors can write a prescription for nicotine liquid for use with a re-fillable vape, when the prescription is part of a management plan to quit smoking. The guidelines stipulate that other methods of quitting must be tried first, as the longer term harms of vaping are not known. In addition, some people have acquired a vaping habit and may need assistance to reduce or quit. 

If you require an appointment to discuss vaping as part of your plan to quit smoking, please check with our staff for a list of doctors who are registered to do so.

To prepare for our consult and to assist your doctor to write an appropriate prescription we recommend that you:

  1. Read the information for patients from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  2. Review the list of products available 
  3. Talk to your local pharmacist about the devices and products they are able to obtain for you

If you want a general consultation about smoking cessation, please make a time to see your doctor to discuss.  You must consider other methods before trying vaping.

We also suggest you visit the Quit.com website.

You can also consider any of the following services to obtain a prescription for vapes:

Home – Medical Nicotine – Medical Nicotine Prescriptions 

Vaping & Nicotine Prescriptions Online | Authorised Doctors | Quit Clinics 

Quit Smoking | Same Day Personalised Vaping Prescription For Nicotine | QuitRx 

Online Nicotine Prescriptions Australia – Smokefree Clinic | Smokefree 

For more information and advice about vaping and vaping products, please visit the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association website.

Last updated 24 May 2024