Vaping is known as the safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. Using a nicotine-free vape allows you to get rid of the nicotine in your system. Many e-cigarettes still contain nicotine which is known for being a highly addictive substance. Nicotine is also toxic. It can cause an increase in blood pressure, can affect the flow of blood to the heart and cause narrowing of the arteries. This can lead to a heart attack.
Prescription Required for Nicotine Products Aimed at Smoking Cessation
Australians can no longer buy any vaping product that contains nicotine such as e-cigarettes or nicotine pods and liquid nicotine (found in some e-juice or vape juice) without a doctor’s prescription. Nicotine has also been classified as a poison. Other products with nicotine like nicotine sprays, patches, lozenges, chews, and gums are still okay to use since these are aimed at alleviating nicotine addiction. You must, however, have a valid prescription.
Buying or importing any product containing nicotine (except when in tobacco) without a valid prescription is illegal and subject to impounding by the Australian Border Force.
Increased Youth Exposure to Nicotine
Between 2015 to 2019, the number of young Australian who have used e-cigarettes increased by 96%. This meant more young people are exposed to nicotine which is why regulations needed to adapt.
The changes aim to support smoking cessation and to prevent the youth from taking up nicotine products particularly through vaping. As of now, there are no approved nicotine vaping products on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
This decision was made by a senior medical officer at the TGA as a Delegate of the Secretary of the Department of Health not by the Government of the Minister of Australia.
Use Nicotine-Free Vapes Instead
If you wish to use a vape product with nicotine in order to quit smoking, you can do so as long as you get a proper prescription. Consult with your physician so you can find out what options are available to you.
If you do not have a prescription and still want to vape, your only option is to use a nicotine-free vape. There are many nicotine-free vape products that you can choose from. With a nicotine-free vape, you can enjoy various vape flavors without exposing yourself to toxic nicotine.
Vaping without nicotine lets you satisfy your cravings without being exposed to tar and the hundreds of harmful compounds found in cigarette smoke.