New vaping laws from 1 July 2024

The Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Vaping Reforms) Act 2024 has taken effect from 1 July 2024, following passage through the Australian Parliament. The new legislation introduces a single, consistent framework that applies nationally to regulate the importation, domestic manufacture, supply, commercial possession and advertisement of all vapes.

The way Australians can access vapes have now changed as follows:

  • Non-pharmacy retailers, such as tobacconists, vape shops and convenience stores, cannot sell any type of vape.
  • Therapeutic vapes will continue to be available from pharmacies where clinically appropriate.
  • To purchase vapes containing nicotine or a zero-nicotine substance, everyone will continue to need a prescription from a medical or nurse practitioner.
  • Flavours for therapeutic vapes are restricted to mint, menthol and tobacco.

The TGA encourages people to report any perceived breach or questionable practices relating to the importation, manufacture, supply, and advertising of therapeutic vapes, including the supply of vapes by a non-pharmacy retailer.  Read the full announcement from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care (DHAC) here

National campaign targeting smoking and vaping

The DHAC has launched a new national public health campaign to encourage people to make a lifelong change to give up smoking and vaping.

The Give Up for Good campaign empowers all Australians to give up cigarettes and vapes for good – or not start in the first place – so they can live healthier lives.

The campaign is running across television, cinema, digital video and audio, social media, radio, and out-of-home channels throughout 2024.

Campaign resources to share through your practice channels are available here including youth specific resources here.