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      From 1 October 2021, Importing Nicotine Requires a Prescription

      Both the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Government announced on 21 December 2020 their biding decision that from 1 October 2021, consumers importing and accessing nicotine will require a doctor’s prescription.

      The Government will allow importation of nicotine vapes and e-liquid for consumers who hold a prescription and they will also allow local pharmacies to sell these products in Australia.

      The Government will develop a Telehealth Smoking Cessation option for doctors to easily prescribe nicotine. This will be available 6 months prior to the 1 October 2021 implementation date which should allow consumers enough time to obtain their prescription for nicotine before the deadline.

      Adult consumers will therefore be able to continue using nicotine e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid based on their doctor’s advice and they will be able to purchase nicotine e-cigarettes from overseas, online or, from local pharmacies, with a prescription.

      Read the TGA announcement here

      Read the Government announcement here

      Prohibition on Nicotine Importation for Personal Use DEFERRED

      The proposed, 1 January 2021 plan to prohibit vapers from importing nicotine for personal use has been deferred. See TGA announcement here

      Originally planned for 1 July 2020, then 1 Jan 2021, this has now been delayed again, this time to allow the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to consider the latest amendments to the Poisons Act as it awaits submissions to its Interim Decision on the scheduling of nicotine.

      At this stage there is no indication that the ban will not proceed at some time, currently the TGA is suggesting June 2021 for more defined regulation for the requirement of prescriptions for nicotine.

      To share your voice on how vaping has helped you, a friend or loved one you can make a written submission to the Senate Select Committee into Tobacco Harm Reduction in Australia. The Committee is accepting submissions which close on 5 November 2020. The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing. Alternatively, you can use the Legalise Vaping Website to send your submission as they have created an easy step process here.

      TGA Interim Decision to Reclassify Nicotine as Prescription-Only

      The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced (Wednesday 23rd September 2020) its proposed interim decision to reclassify nicotine as a prescription only medication from June 2021. This interim decision is open for public consultation with the final decision to be made by mid December 2020.

      What does this mean for vapers?
      The proposed changes mean that while consumers would still be able to use the ‘personal importation scheme’ under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to order online from their usual supplier, vapers, would however, be required to have a prescription to do so.

      Vapers would still be able to order 3 months’ supply of e-cigarettes containing nicotine and order a maximum amount of 15 months’ supply in 12 months. Consumers would also be able to obtain nicotine for vaping from their your local community pharmacy.

      The proposed changes would make it illegal to possess nicotine for vaping without a prescription from an Australian-registered medical practitioner.

      The TGA's flowchart diagram below shows how this proposed decision would work and you will see you can continue to order from online websites like ours.
      TGA Proposed Access to Nicotine for Vaping for Consumers
      We are in the process working towards securing distribution through the Australian pharmacy option in case this decision becomes final. 

      Please note: The interim decision on nicotine scheduling is a separate process from the Australian Government’s proposed prohibition on the importation of e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine

      We will keep you posted on any updates, please contact us if you have any questions.

      Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association: Why banning nicotine imports won’t work

      From 1 January 2021 vapers will be required to go to an Australian registered medical doctor to obtain a prescription for nicotine and then to a pharmacy to purchase nicotine liquid.

      The Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Associate (ATHRA) believes nicotine liquid should be available for sale as a consumer product so it can be easily accessed as a quitting aid for smoking.

      Consumer products are regulated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which can provide strong protection to the public under consumer law. ARTHA believes low concentrations of nicotine liquids are not medicines, and in child-resistant containers they are low-risk products which cause minimal harm and are lifesaving for many smokers where they are used to replace an existing consumer product, traditional cigarettes.

      On 21 September ATHRA sent this flyer Liquid nicotine Prescription or consumer product? to all federal MPs and Senators explaining why this proposal must not go ahead outlining what a prescription model won’t work and other harmful effects of this pending change in regulation.

      Download and share their flyer

      Fresh Look - New Liberty Flights Packaging

      Liberty Flights celebrated 10 years of business during 2019 and decided it was time to unveil a brand-new look for the premium-liquid brand XO in 2020.

      There are changes to 3 flavour names, namely Tobacco Virginia is now British Tobacco, RRYY44 is now simply RY4 and French Vanilla is now known as Vanilla. We also have a new format to display strength on our packaging. 

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