Nicotine vaping prescription
vaping products contain liquid nicotine. Liquid nicotine is often referred to
as vape liquid, e-liquid or ejuice. Liquid nicotine is inhaled using a vaping
device. Nicotine vaping products may help some people to stop smoking tobacco.
most medicines have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration
(TGA). However, your nicotine vaping product may not be approved by the TGA
although it is hoped that approved products will become marketed in the future.
are unapproved nicotine vaping products?
nicotine vaping products have not been assessed by the TGA for quality, safety
you cannot be sure about the safety and effects of unapproved vaping products.
doctor or pharmacist for advice.
You can help
the TGA to monitor the safety of unapproved vaping products by reporting any
side effects or problems you have to:
doctor or pharmacist.
Why do I need a prescription?
The TGA has
strengthened the regulation of nicotine vaping products to minimise the risk of
harm from nicotine vaping.
You need a
prescription from an Australian-registered prescriber to access nicotine vaping
products, even if you order them over the internet from an overseas supplier.
The prescriber, usually a doctor, needs special approval from TGA to prescribe
nicotine for vaping.
and use of nicotine vaping products without a prescription is illegal.
Cautions with nicotine vaping
is no proof that any nicotine vaping products are safe to use.
from vaping may cause harm to non-smokers.
nicotine can cause serious harms if misused, swallowed or absorbed through the
vaping can lead non-smokers into tobacco smoking.
doctor or pharmacist how to reduce the risks of harm from nicotine vaping.
Your vaping product may cause
harm to others
vape in front of children
share your nicotine vaping product with another person
your nicotine vaping product and vaping device in a secure place to prevent
others using them
your nicotine vaping product and vaping device out of reach of children and
expired, left over or empty nicotine vaping products and devices to a pharmacy
for safe disposal.
Are there any side effects?
effects of nicotine vaping products include:
doctor or pharmacist for advice if you think you have any side effects from
your nicotine vaping product.
suspect a person has swallowed, or come into direct skin or eye contact with
phone 000 for an ambulance
phone Poisons Information Centre 24/7 hotline on 13 11 26 for
liquid nicotine can be life-threatening, especially in children
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Nicotine for vaping is different from traditional nicotine
replacement therapy (NRT). NRT uses nicotine in different forms (gum, lozenge,
patch, spray) to relieve and prevent cravings and help you reduce cigarette
consumption and then quit cigarettes altogether. Your pharmacist can help you
with the choice of product(s) to suit your level of nicotine addiction. Further
information on our smoking cessation services is available
https://capitalchemist.com.au/services.aspx?title=Smoking-Cessation and https://capitalchemist.com.au/products.aspx?catcode=156448_2
Where can I find more information?
vaping products: information for consumers:
13 78 48 or
www.quit.org.au provides free multi-session behavioural interventions and
provides advice on developing a personalised quit plan:
provides information and advice to help with quitting smoking:
is an SMS program that sends text messages to patients to support them while
stopping smoking: www.quitcoach.org. au/QuitTextInformation.aspx
stop smoking programs may also be provided in some areas by hospitals,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services and community health
Chemist acknowledges the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia “Guidelines for
pharmacists providing smoking cessation support” for the content of this