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Why Can't I Purchase Nicotine Products?

Why Can't I buy Nicotine E-liquids & Disposables at Vapeyou?  

You cannot purchase any products that contain Nicotine from Vapeyou as being located in QLD, we are prohibited by law from selling any product at all that contains any amount of nicotine. Businesses caught doing otherwise are given fines up to $200000. You can help the vape industry change this by showing your support, there are many ways of doing so and a good starting point is ATHRA. https://www.athra.org.au/

Electronic cigarettes that contain liquid nicotine

Under Queensland’s Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (HDPR), liquid nicotine is regulated on the basis that it is classified as a 'Dangerous Poison' under Schedule 7 of the federal ‘Poisons Standard’, which is published on the Therapeutic Goods Administration (‘TGA’) website. Accordingly, in Queensland, liquid nicotine is:

  • A 'S7 poison' and a 'regulated poison' under the HDPR;
  • Except when in preparations for human therapeutic use and provided as 'Prescription Only Medicine' as provided by Schedule 4 of the Poisons Standard. In that case liquid nicotine will be a ‘S4 restricted drug’ under the HDPR the use or supply of which is by or on the order of persons permitted under the HDPR to prescribe and is only available when supplied extemporaneously from a compounding pharmacist on prescription or through other TGA processes.

It is an offence for a person to manufacture, obtain, possess, prescribe, dispense, sell, advertise, use or destroy nicotine, unless the person is specifically authorised or holds an approval under the HDPR. A significant penalty applies.

As at 30 June 2018, no electronic cigarette products containing liquid nicotine have been approved as a therapeutic good by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for sale in Australia. Persons seeking to access unapproved electronic cigarette products containing liquid nicotine for human therapeutic use may do so under the TGA’s Special Access Scheme, or the Personal Importation Scheme or Traveller’s Exemption. Under these schemes, the prescribing doctor would need to follow requirements prescribed by the TGA. Please contact the TGA for more information. The requirements applicable to a 'restricted drug' under the HDPR would also apply.


Above- Copy of letter received in QLD (courtesy of Google images)