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Nicotine vaping prescription

Nicotine 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.

In Australia, 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.

What are unapproved nicotine vaping products?

Unapproved nicotine vaping products have not been assessed by the TGA for quality, safety or effectiveness.

This means you cannot be sure about the safety and effects of unapproved vaping products.

Ask your 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:

· the TGA at

· your 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.

Possession and use of nicotine vaping products without a prescription is illegal.

Cautions with nicotine vaping

· There is no proof that any nicotine vaping products are safe to use.

· Aerosol from vaping may cause harm to non-smokers.

· Liquid nicotine can cause serious harms if misused, swallowed or absorbed through the skin.

· Nicotine vaping can lead non-smokers into tobacco smoking.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to reduce the risks of harm from nicotine vaping.

Your vaping product may cause harm to others

· Don’t vape in front of children

· Never share your nicotine vaping product with another person

· Keep your nicotine vaping product and vaping device in a secure place to prevent others using them

· Keep your nicotine vaping product and vaping device out of reach of children and pets

· Take expired, left over or empty nicotine vaping products and devices to a pharmacy for safe disposal.

Are there any side effects?

Common side effects of nicotine vaping products include:

· cough

· throat irritation

· nausea and vomiting

· headache

· dizziness

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you think you have any side effects from your nicotine vaping product.

If you suspect a person has swallowed, or come into direct skin or eye contact with liquid nicotine:

· phone 000 for an ambulance

· phone Poisons Information Centre 24/7 hotline on 13 11 26 for advice

Swallowed 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 and

Where can I find more information?

· Nicotine vaping products: information for consumers:

· Quitline: 13 78 48 or provides free multi-session behavioural interventions and Aboriginal Quitline

· My Quitbuddy app

· Quit Now app

· QuitCoach provides advice on developing a personalised quit plan:

· iCanQuit provides information and advice to help with quitting smoking:

· QuitTxt is an SMS program that sends text messages to patients to support them while stopping smoking: au/QuitTextInformation.aspx

· Local stop smoking programs may also be provided in some areas by hospitals, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services and community health facilities

Capital Chemist acknowledges the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia “Guidelines for pharmacists providing smoking cessation support” for the content of this webpage.


Acknowledgement of Country

Capital Chemist acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate, live and gather as employees, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.