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Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vape pens or personal vapourisers. They heat liquid, which usually contains nicotine, into a fine vapour for inhalation into the lungs. Products vary widely in design and operation, but typically consist of a battery, heating element, and a cartridge or refillable tank containing substances such as propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, liquid nicotine and flavourings.

Read the safety concerns about electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes are smoking products

Under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Tobacco Act), electronic cigarettes are smoking products and subject to the laws in place for tobacco cigarettes.

These devices cannot be:

  • used in existing no-smoking indoor and outdoor places
  • sold to children under 18 years of age
  • advertised, promoted or displayed at retail outlets
  • provided for sale in a vending machine.

More information about the restrictions and penalties for use.

Electronic cigarettes that contain liquid nicotine

Electronic cigarettes containing liquid nicotine are illegal in Queensland.

Under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (PDF, 1 MB)(HDPR), it is an offence for a person to manufacture, obtain, possess, prescribe, dispense, sell, advertise, use or destroy nicotine, unless the person is specifically authorised or holds an approval under the HDPR. This includes importing electronic cigarettes containing nicotine for personal or therapeutic use.  The maximum penalty is $9,108.

Electronic cigarette containing liquid nicotine can be safely disposed of at a community pharmacy or a local public health unit

To report the sale or possession of electronic cigarettes containing liquid nicotine, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Last updated: 1 June 2017