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Prescription required for e-cigarettes and vaping products 

July 20, 2021

From 1 October 2021 a prescription will be required for Australians to legally access nicotine e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping products for any purpose, including importing from overseas online retailers.

Under the new arrangements, prescribers will be able to seek authorisation from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to be Authorised Prescribers for a group of patients, or apply to the for Special Access Scheme approval for individual patients.

A new article, a flow chart summarising the pathways for access and two new podcast episodes, developed in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health including the Therapeutic Goods Administration, are now available from NPS MedicineWise to help prescribers to prepare themselves and their practice for the scheduling change.

These resources may be of use to your PHN and GPs within your region. The resources could also be included in associated smoking cessation Healthpathways. Read and download the new resources at

Please email if you have any queries.