Smoking cessation: vapes

Guidance on the use of vapes for the management of nicotine dependence

This page offers educational insights into the use of vapes for smoking cessation in Australia. Our goal is to provide our patients with a comprehensive understanding grounded strictly in educational content sourced from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This information is valid as of February 2024.
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Patient information

To access nicotine vapes for smoking cessation or managing nicotine dependence legally, patients must have a prescription.

These prescribed vapes are available exclusively in pharmacies. Supplying nicotine vapes outside pharmacy settings, such as in vape shops or convenience stores, is illegal. However, vapes without nicotine or therapeutic claims can be sold in retail, adhering to local laws. This ensures controlled use and supports public health objectives.

Reforms to the regulation of vapes

In 2024, Australia is implementing phased reforms to regulate vapes, aiming to reduce vaping and nicotine dependence harms, especially among youth, while keeping vapes accessible via prescription.

Starting 1 January, importing disposable vapes is banned, affecting patients’ ability to buy these online from abroad.

From 1 March, importing reusable vapes will require a license and permit exclusive to businesses, ending the personal importation scheme and restricting travellers from bringing vapes into Australia, except under strict conditions for treatment purposes.

Speak to your health professional about quitting smoking, quitting vaping or managing nicotine dependence

Seeking the right guidance for quitting smoking, vaping, or managing nicotine dependence is vital, and engaging with a healthcare professional is the first step towards a healthier lifestyle.

Doctors and qualified health practitioners can provide a comprehensive overview of the available TGA-approved smoking cessation aids. These alternatives are evaluated for safety and efficacy, offering a safer choice compared to vapes.

In Australia, while therapeutic vapes are not TGA-evaluated and included in the ARTG for smoking cessation, discussing your specific situation with a healthcare provider can uncover tailored options. They can explore a variety of cessation methods with you, including prescription medications, nicotine replacement therapies, and dedicated support services, ensuring the approach fits your health needs and goals.

Remember, the path to quitting smoking or managing nicotine dependence is personal and requires professional support to navigate effectively.

What is not affected by the vaping reforms?

Nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) that are currently registered on the ARTG are not affected by the changes, including:

  • patches
  • lozenges
  • inhalers
  • chews and
  • gums

These therapies are available without prescription from pharmacies and some retail outlets.

Seek urgent medical attention for suspected poisonings

Vapes can have toxic and sometimes severe effects if ingested or through exposure to the skin or eyes.

Please seek urgent medical attention if you think that you, or anyone else, may have been exposed to or ingested a vaping substance. Emergency services can be contacted by calling 000, and the Poisons Information Centre can be contacted by calling 131 126.

Support services

Some people may find issues relating to smoking cessation or the management of nicotine dependence distressing. If you or someone you know needs additional support, please contact any of the below crisis support helplines:


  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back
  • Service: 1300 659 467
  • Beyond Blue: 1800 512 348
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978


  • Kids Helpline (5-25 years): 1800 551 800
  • Headspace: 1800 650 890


This information is provided for educational purposes only, based on materials from the Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website. It is accurate as of February 2024. We will make efforts to update this information in line with TGA guidance changes. However, this content should not be considered medical advice. Readers are encouraged to consult healthcare professionals for medical concerns. This summary does not cover all possible aspects of vapes for smoking cessation use and regulations; it aims to offer an overview in compliance with current guidelines.

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