The Australian October 1st Nicotine "Ban"
Don't Worry: We've got the answers and you shouldn't panic.
Is nicotine being banned?
So what's actually happening?
As of October 1st, 2021, regulations on importing nicotine into Australia are changing, and Australian vapers will be required to have a valid medical prescription to legally access nicotine e-Liquids.
Technically, on the state level, most Australian vapers have always required a prescription to import and possess nicotine. From October 1, the Australian government is simply formalising this requirement on a national level.
This change is following a reclassification from the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) making nicotine e-liquids a Schedule 4 (prescription only) substance late last year.
Where can I get a prescription from?
We're recommending QuitClinics.com to help our customers access valid prescriptions for their nicotine needs and maintain their harm reduction strategy. Quit Clinics is registered with ATHRA (Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association) and has authorized Australian Doctors who specialize in nicotine prescriptions. Quit Clinics turn around timeframe is typically within 24 hours, and if they're unable to help they will provide a full refund.
Use code: AUG10 for 10% off your consultation fee.
If and when you have acquired your prescription, you will be able to easily upload a copy of these documents during the shopping cart process on Vapoureyes NZ's website, which we will include inside your package.
(This prescription upload feature will be implemented from mid September)
For more information on how it works: https://www.quitclinics.com/how-it-works/
More information about the Australian Government | Department of Health: Personal Importation Scheme.
Alternatively, ATHRA has created a handy list of other Australian doctors who can possibly assist you with a nicotine prescription.
What happens if I place an order after Oct 1 2021 without uploading a prescription at checkout:
Vapoureyes NZ will be running business as usual, and will dispatch all orders (whether a prescription is uploaded or not) as normal, at the customers own risk.Their terms of service will be updated. Please be aware of your national legal requirements.
Prescriptions cannot be backdated and can only be dated from the date of consultation. We recommend getting a prescription as soon as possible to make sure you are covered.
A worst case scenario may be that incoming vape packages will be held by custom officers in Australia, who will then contact you to provide a valid prescription (under the personal importation scheme) for your parcel to be released. If you do not have a valid prescription you may be open to your parcel being destroyed and/or penalties under Australian law, buyer beware.
More information from the TGA.
Ordering Nicotine Concentrates and E-Liquids:
Just a quick reminder that Vapoureyes NZ are unable to ship 100mg/ml nicotine via DHL.
As such, we recommending purchasing your juice, disposables and hardware in a separate order with DHL shipping (free on orders over $150!) - then placing a separate order for any high-strength, DIY nicotine to be shipped via our Nicotine Safe shipping option.
Alongside every other business on the planet, Vapoureyes NZ are experiencing delays in DHL and standard delivery due to COVID restrictions (staffing restraints) at Sydney international airport. Please allow an extra 3-5 working days on timeframes for both DHL and standard shipping.
Custom checks occur as soon as freight lands so if you're ordering mid to late September on DHL without a prescription, if your parcel is still in transit on Oct 1 as long as it's landed and gone through customs at the Sydney depot you should be fine.
Best way to store your nicotine products:
Nicotine Concentrate: in your home freezer in a secure lockable safety bag
E-Liquids: in your home fridge, sit out for a few hours to warm up to room temperature before using
Purchase limits, before October 1st.
At this stage Vapoureyes NZ are not setting any limits on purchase quantities. Please keep in mind that orders over $1000 AUD are potentially subject to extra scrutiny at the border - as such, if you require more than $1000 AUD worth of products, we recommending spacing multiple, smaller orders over a few weeks.
Purchase limits, after October 1st.
According to the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration you will only be able to order a three months supply of your prescribed nicotine, with dosage outlined in your doctor's prescription.
Don't Panic! We've got all your favourite hardware, pods, disposables, AU/NZ juice and imported e-liquids with more coming in everyday.
Stocking Up on Nic? Vapoureyes NZ recommend purchasing enough for a 2-3 month supply.