It’s not always clear what the vaping age is in Australia. This article will answer your question about how old you need to be to vape legally in Australia. We’ll also discuss some of the legal implications that come with being under 18 and vaping, as well as restrictions on where adults can vape.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Vape In Australia?
The legal age to vape in Australia is 18. The law states that you must be 18 years old before you can legally buy or use nicotine vaping products such as e-cigarettes,
If someone under the age of 18 has a vaporiser in their possession, police will have the power to seize it.
The use of vapour devices is not permitted in a vehicle when there are any passengers under 16.
General Vaping Laws In Australia
Vaping is legal in Australia.
You can purchase and consume vapes or e-cigarettes in Australia, provided they do not contain nicotine. Currently, you need a prescription for nicotine e-liquid if you plan to use it as a replacement for smoking cigarettes.
It is illegal to use electronic cigarettes, purchase e-liquid, or consume it in any other way in Australia without a prescription.
Western Australia bans the sale of vaporizers (regardless of nicotine content), and in other states, you may not purchase vapes or e-cigarettes that resemble actual cigarettes.
Vaping with nicotine carries a heavy fine ($45,000) and potentially land you in prison for two years.
What Age Do You Need Be To Vape In Countries Around The World?
Many countries around the world have different legal vaping ages. In some cases, it varies depending on whether you’re buying a vape for recreational purposes or if you have medical reasons to use one.
It is legal to vape nicotine in New Zealand, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and many other countries worldwide. Australia stands out as a country where vaping is illegal among all developed countries.
The following is an overview of what age restrictions apply in select countries:
Please note: the legal age requirement in these countries may change over time, so you should always check your country’s current laws before vaping or buying a vape pen. Additionally, if you are under the legal smoking age of 21, then it is illegal to purchase tobacco products in any form, including e-juice and vaporizers as well. This applies in both U.S and Canada; however, not all states have this law put into place yet*.
Upcoming Nicotine E-Liquid Importation Ban
From 1 October 2021, Australia will prohibit the sale and import of nicotine e-cigarettes without a valid doctor’s prescription. These changes reinforce the need to have a doctor’s prescription before purchasing such products.
From October 2021, child-resistant closures for nicotine vaping products will also become mandatory to reduce the risk to children of accidental ingestion.
To make the importation of nicotine e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping products consistent with current state and territory laws, federal parliament has passed a law prohibiting its sale anywhere in Australia without a doctor’s prescription.
If you have a valid prescription from your doctor for nicotine, you can import these preparations through the Personal Importation Scheme.
When importing products that contain nicotine, you will need to provide a copy of your prescription. Australian Border Force (ABF) officials have the right to stop the importation of such items if a prescription does not accompany them.
If you are importing a prescription medicine without legal authority, the import can be forfeited or destroyed.
For orders exceeding 3 months supply, the doctor’s authority is needed to apply for a Special Access Scheme or Authorized Prescriber Scheme.