What are the new vaping reforms in 2024?

At the end of 2023, the Federal Government announced new vaping reforms to commence on 1 January 2024 and 1 March 2024.  Quit Victoria has released a summary of the new vaping restrictions that will come into effect this year, read more about this below:

From 1 January 2024: 

  • A ban on the importation of disposable vapes (regardless of whether they contain nicotine)
  • A ‘Special Access Scheme’ pathway which will make it easier for medical practitioners to prescribe e-cigarettes for quitting smoking (‘therapeutic vapes’)

From 1 March 2024: 

Further changes are expected to commence addressing the importation of other types of vapes, including:

  • A ban on the importation of all non-therapeutic vapes (regardless of whether they contain nicotine)
  • Patients will no longer be able to order vapes from overseas even with a prescription
  • Importers and manufacturers of therapeutic vapes will need to notify the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) that their products comply with certain product standards imposed by the TGA 
  • Importers will need to obtain a licence and permit from the Australian Government’s Office of Drug Control before the products are imported

Bellarine Community Health will continue to work to address vaping, regionally and locally (specifically with local schools) during 2024. See more about what we are doing here.

For more information on these reforms, visit quit.org.au,  Vaping hub | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Contact Lauren in the HCCT team to find out more about our Tobacco and Vaping work, [email protected].

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