If you’re looking for where to buy e-cigarettes in Australia, you’ve come to the right place.There are a few different ways to buy e-cigarettes in Australia and this helpful guide will run you through each of those, as well as their unique considerations.
Firstly, what e-cigarette are you looking to buy?It’s important to understand what type of e-cigarette product you’re looking to buy, and whether or not you’re looking to buy e-cigarettes containing nicotine for smoking cessation.Currently the three options for where to buy e-cigarettes in Australia are via your local pharmacy, at a local vape store, or by shopping online from overseas vendors.Let’s quickly compare these three options.
|Local pharmacies||Local vape stores||Overseas|
|Nicotine options available||No nicotine options available||Nicotine options available|
|Simple-to-use products||Adjustable products and DIY accessories||Wide range of products|
|Pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, manufacturing, packaging and quality||Unknown quality of ingredients and manufacturing||Unknown quality of ingredients and manufacturing|
|Range of flavours and nicotine strengths||Range of flavours. No nicotine available||Range of flavours and nicotine strengths|
|Ongoing support from registered pharmacists||Limited support from vape store employees||No support|
|Product liability insurance||No product insurance||No product insurance|
Buying e-cigarettes at your local pharmacySince October 2021, nicotine e-cigarettes have been available in-store at most major pharmacies throughout Australia, including Chemist Warehouse, Terry White and Priceline.At the time of writing, around 2,300 community pharmacies currently hold stock of nicotine vaping products. You can find your nearest stockist by clicking here.
What’s available?Pharmacies are currently stocking closed-system e-cigarettes, which are very simple ‘plug-and-play’ devices. There are no buttons, settings or DIY requirements – you simply use them as you would a cigarette.Buying e-cigarettes from your local pharmacy also has the following benefits:
- Australian product liability insurance;
- Pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, manufacturing, packaging and quality;
- Ongoing support and guidance from your trusted pharmacist; and
- A range of flavours and strengths to suit your quitting journey.
Buying e-cigarettes at your local vape storeVape stores can be found in most major cities around Australia, and often have a large range of adjustable high-powered devices, DIY products, imported e-liquids and accessories.Vape stores do often provide ‘beginner’ options, but these consumer-grade products still require you to externally source (and often DIY/mix) your own nicotine e-liquids from overseas.Vape stores cannot legally sell nicotine or nicotine-containing products.While vape stores are popular with more ‘hobbyist’ vapers, they may be unsuitable if you’re looking for a simple solution to quit smoking.
Buying e-cigarettes from overseasA quick Google search will return thousands of overseas vendors selling e-cigarette products.While many of these can be quite reputable suppliers, there are many more that are not, and while a number of the products they stock can be of acceptable quality, there are a significant number that are not.If you’re looking to purchase from overseas, you should do your research before committing. Importantly, you should consider the following:
- Is the website operated by a registered company? It’s important to know who you’re dealing with. High-quality ‘anonymous’ websites are often used simply to collect credit card information.
- Do they provide a phone number and product returns? If there’s an issue with shipping, or with the products themselves, it’s important to have a level of contact and recourse.
- Can you upload your medical prescription, and do they affix this to your package? It’s a legal requirement for your prescription to be attached to any incoming parcel containing nicotine. If it isn’t, your package may be destroyed and you may receive fines and other penalties.
- Do they provide information on the quality of the ingredients and manufacturing? Overseas products are designed solely for consumer markets with varying levels of regulation. As such, ingredient and manufacturing quality can vary greatly from one product to the next.