On 21 December 2020, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced a decision that, from 1 October 2021, consumers need a valid prescription to import nicotine vaping products, such as nicotine e-cigarettes, nicotine pods and liquid nicotine. This means that when a consumer purchases these products online from an overseas supplier, they legally require a prescription from an Australian doctor.


How to access a nicotine vaping product if your doctor thinks it is a suitable smoking cessation treatment for you

If your doctor thinks that a nicotine vaping product may help you to quit smoking you will need a prescription to access the products through an Australian pharmacy (Authorized Prescriber Scheme or Special Access Scheme) or from an overseas website (Personal Importation Scheme).


I am going to purchase my nicotine vaping product from an Australian pharmacy.

Your doctor can issue you a prescription once they have obtained TGA approval as an Authorized Prescriber or under the Special Access Scheme. It is quick and free for doctors to become Authorized Prescribers. You can also find a list of doctors who are already Authorized Prescribers of nicotine vaping products on our website.

Fill your prescription at an Australian community or online pharmacy.


I will order my nicotine vaping product from an overseas website.

Your doctor can issue you a prescription. They do not need TGA approval.

Order a nicotine vaping product matching your prescription from a reputable overseas website.

  • The nicotine vaping product must have the same nicotine concentration as your prescription
  • Maximum 3-month supply per order



All of the above information is provided by the TGA. Unfortunately due to advertising restrictions we are unable to provide a comprehensive guide on how to order nicotine from an overseas website. However, please note a lot of brands operate in multiple jurisdictions.