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Vaping on the Go: Tips for Travelling with E-cigarettes in Australia

Vaping on the Go: Tips for Travelling with E-cigarettes in Australia

Vaping has grown tremendously in popularity across Australia over the past decade. With sleek, portable vape devices now widely available, many Aussie vapers enjoy the ability to vape on the go. For those who vape and are planning to travel within Australia, it is important to understand the laws, regulations, and etiquette around vaping so you can vape smoothly during your journeys. This article provides key tips and guidance for travelling with e-cigarettes across Australia.

Understanding Australian Laws and Regulations on Vaping

General Rule Across Australia:

  • Vaping with e-liquids containing nicotine is legal only with a valid doctor's prescription.
  • It is illegal to sell any vape products to individuals under the age of 18.
  • In most states, vaping is prohibited in smoke-free zones, both indoors and outdoors.

State-Specific Regulations:

  • Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory: The use of vapes with e-liquid containing nicotine requires a doctor's prescription. The sale of nicotine-containing vapes is restricted to pharmacies. In Queensland, importing nicotine from overseas is illegal, while it is permitted with a prescription in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia.
  • Tasmania: Only nicotine-free e-cigarettes can be sold in shops to people over 18. Pharmacies with a smoking product license can sell e-cigarettes containing nicotine to those with a prescription.
  • Northern Territory: Non-nicotine vapes can only be purchased from licensed tobacco retailers, and only pharmacists can sell nicotine-containing vapes.
  • Western Australia: Retail sale of any vape, including 0% nicotine vapes, is illegal.

How to Choose the Right Vaping Products and Accessories for Travel

When selecting vapes and accessories for travel, portability and convenience are key. Look for these ideal features in your device:

  • Compact size and lightweight construction
  • Simple controls and easy operation
  • Durable materials to withstand transport
  • Good battery life or multiple batteries/chargers
  • Tank capacity of 4ml or less for airline policies

For e-liquids, silicone bottles or dropper bottles are ideal over glass bottles, which can leak and break. Bring only what you expect to use during your trip. Keep liquids in ziplock bags to prevent messes. Bring any required chargers, batteries, coils, replacement parts, and maintenance supplies.

Checking Airline Baggage Policies

If travelling by air, be sure to check your airline's policies on transporting vaping products. Most Australian airlines allow vapes but with regulations for safety:

  • Stow vape devices/batteries in carry-on baggage only so they can be monitored. Spare lithium-ion batteries must be protected from short-circuiting.
  • E-liquids are restricted in carry-on and checked luggage to 100ml per container with a 1L total limit.
  • Do not charge devices or use vapes during flights.
  • Notify security staff for the inspection of devices at checkpoints.

By understanding airline rules, you can pack accordingly so your gear arrives safely. Protect tanks and seal e-liquid bottles in plastic bags too.

Respecting Smoking Restrictions in Public Places

While laws vary between states, vaping is generally prohibited anywhere cigarette smoking is banned. Restrictions exist for indoor public places like:

  • Restaurants, bars, cafés
  • Offices and workplaces
  • Public transit
  • Shopping centres
  • Cinemas, theatres
  • Sporting facilities

Outdoors, vaping is often banned within 10 metres of public venues, assemblies, and events. Fines can apply for breaching restrictions. Respect regulations and only vape where it is permitted.

Handling Vape Supplies While on the Move

While travelling in Australia, you may need to replenish vape supplies along the way. In major cities and towns, specialized vape shops are fairly common. Visitors can also purchase from tobacconists, service stations, and online.

When buying e-liquids, check nicotine content is compliant with local laws. For the best flavour, avoid exposing e-juice to extreme heat or cold. Use tanks promptly and discard if flavour declines. Monitor tank levels to avoid unexpected shortages.

Tread Lightly for Our Planet: Embracing Eco-Friendly Vape Practices

Part of being a responsible vaper is minimizing our environmental impact, especially while travelling. Opt for reusable devices over disposables which create plastic waste. Recycle spent plastic e-liquid bottles if possible - many dumps and shops have recycling programs. And be sure to dispose of used vape cartridges and batteries properly at e-waste facilities, keeping those materials out of landfills. We can all do our small part to reduce contamination.

Respecting Others: The Social Etiquette of Vaping

While vaping has grown more mainstream, it can still be seen as impolite in some cultural settings. It's best not to vape in restaurants or shared rooms where the vapour may bother others. Get a feel for cultural attitudes toward vaping in rural spots. Enjoy your e-cig respectfully and only where permitted. A little consideration goes a long way.


Australia offers amazing destinations for travelling vapers, from cosmopolitan cities to the remote Outback. By being informed about local vaping laws, packing proper gear, respecting public policies, and vaping responsibly, you can make the most of your e-cigarette on the go. Avoid fines and disappointment by doing some planning and research ahead of your travels. With the right approach, vaping while travelling across the vast landscapes of Australia can be straightforward and enjoyable.

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