The Australian Government has announced reforms to reduce the vaping related harms through stronger legislation, enforcement, education and support. The Government plans to work with states and territories to:
- Ban the sale of all single use, disposable e-cigarettes/vapes
- Increase minimum quality standards incl restricting flavours, colours and other ingredients
- Reduce allowable nicotine concentrations and volumes
- Require pharmaceutical-like packaging
- Discourage people from taking up vaping through a public health information campaign
- Monitor and prevent illegal importation and supply of non-prescription e-cigarettes in Australia.
New South Wales
The NSW Government has a range of laws in place to protect against dangers associated with e-cigarettes.
Buying and Selling
The NSW Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 outlines the laws related to buying and selling e-cigarettes. In summary:
- Adults can buy e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine
- E-cigarettes and e-liquids containing nicotine are a prescription only medicine (18 years and over)
- It is illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 years.
- It is illegal to sell e-cigarettes containing nicotine to anyone (including Online sales
Enclosed Public Areas
Smoking and using e-cigarettes are banned in all enclosed public areas including in shopping centres, cinemas, libraries, trains and buses.
Smoke-free environment resources: Download digital or order print copies, of the ‘No Smoking means No Vaping’ signs/posters designed to raise awareness that e-cigarette use (vaping) is banned in all smoke-free areas.
Outdoor Public Areas:
The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2016 details the laws related to using e-cigarettes. Basically, wherever smoking is prohibited, using an e-cigarette (or vaping) is also prohibited. In general, you cannot vape:
- where you are served food
- at the entrance to public buildings
- at public playgrounds
- at public transport stations
- at public swimming pools
- at sporting venues
- in the car with children (aged under 16years)
- in health buildings