It looks like vaping is about to become illegal in Australia.

According to the Australian Government website, the federal government is recommending that e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine (nicotine in solution or in salt or base form) and nicotine-containing refills be banned from entering our country.

The federal government intends to ask the Governor-General in council to amend the Customer (Prohibited Import) Regulations, meaning that the item will not be able to imported onto Australian soil.

If the Governor-General agrees to the regulations, they will come into affect from 1 July 2020.

The government has said that the reason for the proposed ban is “because of public health concerns”.

“This measure further strengthens Australia’s precautionary approach to e-cigarettes by prohibiting the importation of nicotine for us in e-cigarettes unless under specific circumstances.”

These circumstances include any occasion where a person has a prescription from a doctor.


The sale of e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine is already prohibited by law by each state and territory.

You can find out more details about the proposed regulations here.