What to Know About the Upcoming Nicotine Regulations

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What to Know About the Upcoming Nicotine Regulations

Changes are coming to Australia’s nicotine import laws. A range of new measures intended to support a smoke-free future are coming, but will these new regulations make it easier to stop smoking, or will they come between smokers and the most effective way to quit?

Below, we look at the impact Australia’s new nicotine regulations will have on the vaping community and how you can adapt to these new regulations.

How to Get a Prescription

Your General Practitioner (GP) can provide a prescription for vaping at their discretion, should they believe that it’s appropriate for your journey away from nicotine and smoking addiction.

Discuss your needs with a doctor and bring up the option of vaping with them, letting them know how it may have helped you up until now, or how you feel it might benefit you on your journey. If they feel it’s appropriate, they will write the prescription for you.

If your GP is not able to provide a prescription, there is a list of doctors that will be able to access you and provide a prescription if it is appropriate. The list is as below:

List of Doctors by State in Australia

NSW

Dr Colin Mendelsohn

Bondi Rd Doctors

11 Carlotta Road, Double Bay NSW 2028

Tel: 0415 976 783 (Authorised Prescriber)

Email

Visit Website

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: Yes

Phone: Yes

Video: Yes

Dr Gillian Deakin

Bondi Rd Doctors

27 Bondi Rd, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

Tel: (02) 9389 5811

Visit Website

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: N/A

Phone: Yes

Video: N/A

Quit Clinics

Sydney NSW

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: N/A

Phone: N/A

Video: Yes

QLD

Dr John Miller

Eastbrooke Family Clinic

Southport

Shop 2, 45-49 Nind Street, Southport, QLD 4215

Tel: (07) 5557 7888

for face-to-face consultations.

For telephone or video consultations, make online bookings at website

Visit Website

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: Yes

Phone: N/A

Video: N/A

SA

Dr Kevin Murphy

Golden Grove 5125

Email link below

Email

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: N/A

Phone: N/A

Video: Yes

Dr Philip Clarke

Hallett Cove Corner Surgery

Units 5-6, 10 Ramrod Ave Hallett Cove, SA 5158

Tel: (08) 8322 2077

Email

Visit Website

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: Yes

Phone: N/A

Video: N/A

Dr Philip Clarke

Moonta Medical Centre

7-12 Majors Rd, Moonta, SA 5558

Tel: (08) 8825 2309

Email

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: Yes

Phone: N/A

Video: N/A

VIC

Dr Carolyn Beaumont

General practitioner

Online bookings only:

Visit Website

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: N/A

Phone: Yes

Video: N/A

Dr Eva Michaels

Mentone General Practice

66 Balcombe Rd, Mentone VIC 3194

Tel: (03) 9583 6996

Book a consultation (Mon-Fri) on the website below

Email

Visit Website

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: N/A

Phone: Yes

Video: N/A

WA

Dr Joe Kosterich

Kingsley Woodvale

Medical Centre Unit

1/937 Whitfords Ave, Woodvale, WA 6026

Tel: (08) 9409 0333

Visit Website

Contact Method

Face-to-Face: Yes

Phone: Yes

Video: Yes

Or visit via the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association or ATHRA to find a doctor near you for in person consultation or telehealth consultation that is available Australia-wide.

How Shosha Can Help

Nicotine E-liquids are only available on our Shosha Australia website, not at the local Shosha store therefore once you have a prescription, you can then simply send it through to us online, and we can match you with the appropriate concentration. Easy as that!

Additionally, we’ll soon be opening more stores around Australia, allowing customers to access a large range of vaping products and non-nicotine E-liquids. If you need additional information on vaping products you can come in-store and our friendly staff can give you advice and extra knowledge on what you need to make a smooth transition from smoking to vaping.

October 2021 Nicotine Regulations Overview

Beginning 1st October 2021, consumers importing nicotine products to vape for smoking cessation will require a valid medical prescription. Additionally, nicotine E-liquids will require child-proof mechanisms.

The introduction of these vaping restrictions is due to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s independent regulatory decision to support smoking cessation. The TGA acknowledges that vaping is a pathway for smoking cessation via controlled nicotine uptake, and this decision balances that need with preventing adolescents and young adults from taking up nicotine E-cigarettes.

What do these changes mean for you as a vaper?

The new regulations will make it slightly more complicated to access vaping products. However, it’s not impossible! Consumers can still import nicotine E-cigarettes and E-liquids legally through the TGA Personal Importation Scheme. Under the Personal Importation Scheme, you’re allowed to import a 3-month supply of therapeutic goods at a time.

According to TGA, “Any medical practitioner who considers it is appropriate for their patient to use nicotine E-cigarettes for smoking cessation can prescribe nicotine E-cigarettes for personal importation. Medical practitioners do not need TGA approval to prescribe nicotine E-cigarettes for their patient when they access them through the personal importation scheme.”

Basically, if you’re vaping to quit smoking, which is now recognised as a legitimate avenue for kicking the habit, you can talk to a medical practitioner about your concerns. Simply get a valid medical prescription from a doctor, present your prescription to Shosha! And you’re all set.*

Benefits of Vaping vs Smoking

Improved health

Using nicotine E-liquid allows smokers to slowly wean off nicotine usage, helping train the body out of the nicotine addiction and away from smoking as a habit.

Countless smokers in Australia have made the switch to vaping due to its many benefits. In fact, vaping is considered to be 95% less harmful than smoking. Smokers-turned-vapers have discussed their improved health, rejuvenated sense of smell, and overall feeling better while remaining social and controlling their nicotine intake.

A University of Auckland study also found that vaping was an effective alternative to smoking, and that nicotine-based E-liquid was more effective at preventing study subjects from reverting to tobacco use.

If you want to learn more about vaping to quit smoking, visit our Vaping page!

Vaping is cheaper

Vaping is significantly cheaper than smoking. Cigarette prices in Australia are increasing. In fact, of the Commonwealth Countries in the world, Australia’s cigarette prices are easily the highest.

Smoking is unattractive

We recently conducted an independent study that shows Australians consider smoking to be the second-most unattractive thing a partner can do, right after having a criminal record!

Shosha is here to help!

If there’s any way for us to help you adapt to these new regulations, give us a call! We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help in any way we can.

*When the new regulation comes into force, we will have a system available on our Shosha Australia website where you are able to submit or upload your prescription through to us.