Electronic cigarettes are causing confusion around the world as lawmakers struggle to decide the technology’s place in society. Australia is one of the countries where that confusion is at its height, with laws that are already some of the strictest in the world and that vary more between the different states.
The baseline is that because nicotine is classed as a Schedule 7 poison in Australia, it’s illegal to sell it except as a licensed medication. That means disposable e-cigarettes or cartridges that contain nicotine are not for sale right across the country, but nicotine free ones and refillable devices can be sold unless state law bands them.
E-liquid is easy to find from suppliers in New Zealand, or from Chinese manufacturers. Many people also order high-strength nicotine base and mix it with nicotine-free liquids.
It’s still a frustrating situation though because while real cigarettes are heavily restricted they’re still much more available than a safer alternative.
Where it gets really confusing is at the state level. Some states have much stricter laws than others, sometimes adding up to something like a total ban.
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