Investigating the Legality of Vaping in Victoria

Posted on September 09, 2016 by Paul McNamara

As governments continue to grapple with legislating vaping technology, many users are left in the dark about what is and is not legally acceptable. Although regulation of nicotine containing substances is obviously an important matter of public safety, there is heated debate around the way vape users are being ostracised and lumped in with cigarette smokers by law makers. This week, we take a look at what exactly the vaping laws are in Australia, and what proposed laws may come into effect in the near future.


In Victoria, the sale and supply of electronic cigarettes is legal. From August 1st 2017, it will be illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase, possess or use electronic cigarettes whether or not they contain nicotine. However, the sale of nicotine products such as nicotine containing e juice is currently illegal and shows no sign of changing in the near future. For vapers who want to use nicotine products, it is legal to import nicotine from overseas for personal use. Each importation is limited to three months’ supply and the total amount of nicotine imported over a period of 12 months cannot exceed 15 months’ supply. There are many different overseas vendors in which you can purchase nicotine. If you need help use the contact page and will get back to you with some direct links where it can be purchased.


The use of electronic cigarettes is currently legal everywhere in Victoria, but from August 1st 2017, it will be illegal to use electronic cigarettes in all smoke free areas, whether or not they contain nicotine. Although these laws will not technically come into effect until next year, it’s still good practice to refrain from using a vapouriser in places where smoking is banned, as electronic cigarettes are a relatively new technology that not all the general public is knowledgeable about, and the use of these devices in close proximity to non smokers or asthmatics may cause distress or upset. Being polite and conscientious about the way that you use your vape is one of the best things you can do to portray a positive image of vapers to the wider community.

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