From October 1, 2021, Australians will not be able to import e-cigarettes containing nicotine without a prescription, which is expected to affect hundreds of thousands of e-cigarette users. The new law was originally announced last year by the Minister of health, Greg Hunt.
Last year, the Australian Therapeutic supplies authority (TGA) decided that from October 1, 2021, prescription is also required for the use of nicotine e-cigarettes, and the child protective cover of liquid nicotine will be mandatory.
Greg Hunt said the decision would help prevent teenagers who are unlikely to smoke from switching to e-cigarettes and clarify the law for those who import e-cigarettes.
"At present, it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes containing nicotine in every state and territory, and it is also illegal to hold e-cigarettes in all jurisdictions (except South Australia) without a valid medical prescription," he said.
"This decision will reduce the risk of youth use... And correct the problem of legal import but illegal possession."
According to the latest survey, more than 500000 Australians use e-cigarettes and 2.4 million have tried to use e-cigarettes.