New vaping laws are coming for NSW vapers, and VapingMad is here to help keep you informed. Some changes are coming on December 1st for NSW vapers.
On 25 June 2015, the NSW Parliament passed the Public Health (Tobacco) Amendment (E-cigarettes) Act 2015 to amend the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008. The Act was assented on 30 June 2015. The changes to the Act define e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to be separate from tobacco products. The Act makes many of the provisions that apply to tobacco products also apply to e-cigarette and e-cigarette accessories.
The changes will commence in two stages.
From 1 September 2015 it is an offence:
- to sell e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to minors under the age of 18;
- for adults to buy e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories on behalf of minors; and
- to operate or use a vending machine that dispenses e-cigarettes and/or e-cigarette accessories on behalf of a minor.
NSW Police have the power to seize an e-cigarette that is in the possession of a person under the age of 18.
From 1 December 2015:
- it will be an offence to use e-cigarettes in cars with children under the age of 16 present; and
- new provision will apply to the display and advertising of e-cigarettes and accessories.
The sale of e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to a minor is subject to the same maximum penalty as the sale of a tobacco product to a minor:
- a penalty of $11,000 for an individual or $55,000 for a corporation; and
- for repeat offenders, a penalty of $55,000 for an individual and $110,000 for a corporation.
It is important to note that the sale of liquid nicotine, including in liquids in e-cigarettes, is illegal under NSW Poisons legislation (Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 NSW) without approval from the NSW Ministry of Health unless the product is listed or registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.
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Source: NSW Health