Want to vape in Australia but don’t know how to do it? Perhaps you’re a smoker who has read Public Health England’s latest e-cigarette study and you’re ready to jump on the vaping train and do it right. If that’s you, and you live in Australia, then this is the guide to read.
Vaping Laws In Australia
You might already know this, especially if you live in Australia and have already done some research into what vaping down under entails, but if you don’t, here it is: vaping in Australia isn’t that easy, not in comparison to vape friendly areas like the UK. But that’s okay because it doesn’t mean that you can’t vape, just that it’s not quite as easy as vaping in some other areas of the world.
The laws across Australia that constrain the sale and use of vapes and e-liquids vary. While we won’t jump too deep into any of the specifics here as they pertain to the different states, what we will make clear is that nicotine vaping products can’t be found for sale in the country because of their legal status. You can still buy a vape at a local shop, sure, but you can’t buy e-liquid with nicotine in it, not at a local shop that is. This leads us to our next point, where to buy nicotine e-liquid if you live in AU.
Nicotine E-Liquid In Australia
This is really the main topic of this guide because it’s the area where vapers in Australia are most likely to run into issues. You can’t buy nicotine e-liquid locally, but you can still buy it. The law allows for nicotine e-liquid to be imported for personal use. That means you can buy it, but you have to buy it from outside the country and have it shipped to your home. You can’t resell it once you get it because you’re only allowed to import it for personal use. There’s also a limit to how much you can buy at a time: three months. That means you can buy up to enough e-liquid to last you three whole months. You can’t buy more, but you can buy less. There’s another limit that you will want to keep in mind even though it’s not legally required of you: $1,000 AUD. Once you spend over this amount, you get slapped with an extra tax via customs. You can avoid this by buying less than $1,000 at a time. With how cheap e-liquid is, that’s a lot of money to be spending at one time. You will likely spend a lot less than this when you place your first order, even if you’re buying a vape kit as well.
To really drive home the point here, you have to import nicotine e-liquid from overseas. This probably sounds complicated to some of you, but we live in an age of widespread technology and more importantly the internet. With the internet, you have access to online shopping and thanks to online shopping you have access to overseas vape shops that will ship you nicotine e-liquid.
E-Cigarettes & Vape Kits In Australia
No vaper can vape without a vape kit. That’s the simple truth of the matter. All the e-liquid in the world won’t vape itself, which is why you need a vape. You can buy a kit that comes with everything you need or you can buy a standalone vape. In most cases, first-time vapers aim for a kit because it includes everything needed to start vaping, including e-liquid. Not all kits include e-liquid though so that’s something that you’ll want to verify so that you don’t end up with a vape and no e-liquid.
As we mentioned earlier in this guide, you can actually buy a vape kit or e-cigarette kit in Australia. Local shops sell them so they’re readily available. You can also buy them online where there are many brands and styles to choose from. If you’re just getting into vaping and haven’t vaped before, there are some styles of vapes that you might find best suited to your status as a beginner. The first of which is the cigalike. These are your standard e-cigs. Yours probably won’t have any bells and whistles beyond a charging case that will keep your batteries charged on the go, but they do serve their purpose. The next step up, in a sense, is the vape pen. These are a little less friendly in regards to pocket space but they’re also a bit more powerful, sometimes significantly so. Both are usually very easy to use, but it’s the cigalike that’s probably the easiest to use. The only style you probably want to steer clear of if you’re a beginner is the mod. Vape mods aren’t easy for beginners to use. They’re a little more complicated than they probably need to be, but some vapers, particularly those with a lot of experience, prefer them over vape pens and cigalikes.
Aussie Vape Life
You don’t have to stick with smoking if you live in Australia. That should be your main takeaway from this guide to vaping in Oz. If you’re still smoking and you’re ready to upgrade to vaping, you can. Online stores make it all possible. There are also a number of different vape forums on the internet with active members that live in Aus that you can discuss various vaping related matters with. There’s ECF, Aussie Vapers, and Reddit – to name a few. The members of these forums are often helpful and understanding, offering their insight to new vapers free of charge. After all, we were all beginners at some point in time.