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Nicotine Vaping FAQ

Nicotine vaping prescriptions can only be provided if the patient fulfils the following RACGP smoking cessation criteria:

– People who have tried to achieve smoking cessation with approved pharmacotherapies but failed, and who are still motivated to quit smoking and have brought up e-cigarette usage with their healthcare practitioner;
– Patients should also be offered brief advice to quit smoking and referral to telephone call-back counselling services should be offered to all people who smoke

Nicotine vaping prescriptions can only be provided if the patient fulfils the following RACGP smoking cessation criteria:
-People who are motivated to quit smoking
-People who have tried and failed conventional smoking cessation therapies

Patients looking to use Nicotine vaping as an alternative therapy to assist in quitting smoking should understand
– no tested and approved e-cigarette products are available
– the long-term health effects of vaping are unknown
– possession of nicotine-containing e-liquid without a prescription is illegal
– in order to maximise possible benefit and minimise risk of harms, only short-term use is recommended
– dual use (i.e. with continued tobacco smoking) needs to be avoided.

Health FAQs

The use of vaping has found benefits in the short-term as an aid to smoking cessation. Vaping may be a less harmful substitute when compared to traditional cigarettes.

Vaping is does not come without health risks, however, but there is significant scientific evidence that vaping is less harmful than smoking. A report by the Public Health of England concluded that vaping is 95% safer than smoking cigarettes. There are some harmful toxins present in vapour, but at much lower levels than in cigarette smoke. There have been notable health improvements when switching from smoking to vaping. This includes improved asthma, blood pressure, cardiovascular health and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


Even though vaping may be a healthier option when compared to smoking cigarettes, vaping is a relatively new technology which is still undergoing research. Ultimately the safest option is to quit smoking and vaping outright. However, if you have been unsuccessful in quitting smoking cigarettes in the past, vaping may be a safer alternative option to assist you in quitting by reducing the inhaled nicotine concentration over time.

The long-term health effects of vaping have yet to been established but are still undergoing research.

Nicotine is the main addictive chemical in tobacco, inhaling via vaping is less damaging to the lungs than traditional cigarettes. Conventional nicotine replacement therapy avoids inhalation of smoke through administration either topically, orally, buccally or sublingually or via inhalation of particles. Ideally individuals should be encouraged to quit smoking and encouraged to reduce and cease nicotine intake. In the instance that traditional methods of cessation have failed vaping provides an alternative aid to assist in smoking and nicotine cessation.

Vaping has become one of the most popular and effective aids to help people quit smoking in the United Kingdom and United states. Vaping is most effective when it is used daily with the appropriate nicotine concentration.

Overall, vaping devices can provide the same levels of nicotine as cigarettes which can relieve urges to smoke and help with nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Very little is known about the health effects of second-hand smoke from vaping. Negligible amounts of nicotine and chemicals are released into the air after exhalation. It is still recommended to avoid indoor vaping children, pregnant women and people with heart or lung disease.

Legal FAQs

If you are over 18 years old It is legal to vape in Australia to quit smoking if you have a prescription from a registered Australian medical practitioner. Nicotine can be imported from overseas under the TGA Personal Importation Scheme or accessed legally from an accredited online Australian pharmacy.

From 1 October 2021 you will no longer be able to legally buy nicotine vaping products, such as nicotine e-cigarettes, nicotine pods and liquid nicotine, from overseas websites without first getting a prescription.

State laws regulate issues such as sale of nicotine, use in public places, age limits on sale, display and promotion of vaporizers. Regulations are different between jurisdictions and may change from time to time.

There has been a significant increase in the use of nicotine vaping products by young people in Australia and in many other countries. There is evidence that nicotine vaping products act as a ‘gateway’ to smoking in youth and exposure to nicotine in adolescents may have long-term consequences for brain development.
The changes strike a balance between the need to prevent young people from taking up nicotine vaping products while allowing current smokers to access these products for smoking cessation on their doctor’s advice.

Prescribing FAQs

Call up our friendly reception staff to book in your appointment where our doctors will assess your eligibility for a nicotine vaping prescription. Once deemed eligible we will send your prescription to your email address.

Importing Nicotine FAQs

Yes, with a doctor’s prescription. If you are using the Personal Importation Scheme, you can order a maximum of 3 months’ supply at one time and a maximum of 15 months supply in a 12 month period. The nicotine product must be for yourself or immediate family and you must not supply or sell the nicotine product to any other person.

If purchased from an overseas website, you should make sure the online retailer is reputable. We encourage you to make enquiries with the online retailer about the ingredients, labelling and packaging, and manufacturing standards of the products.

The Personal 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 that various conditions are met, such as:
1) The nicotine products must be for yourself or a member of your immediate family;
2) You must not supply, sell or give the nicotine products to any other person;
3) Where possible, you must keep the products in their original packaging with labels in tact;
4) The total quantity of the goods imported within a 12 month period must not exceed 15 months supply of the goods; and
5) You must have a valid prescription from an Australian-registered medical practitioner for the nicotine.