From 1 August 2017, changes to the Tobacco Act 1987 mean that the display, advertising and sale of e-cigarette products will be regulated in the same way as tobacco products.
The sale of e-cigarette products containing nicotine remains banned under Victorian drugs and poisons legislation.
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The laws cover e-cigarette products, including e-cigarettes themselves and e-cigarette accessories such as refill cartridges and e-liquids.
Broadly, e-cigarettes (also known as electronic cigarettes) are devices that heat and vaporise a liquid that is then inhaled, simulating the act of smoking.
Devices that fit into the category of e-cigarettes include e-shisha, e-cigar, e-pipes, e-hookahs, hookah pens and vape-pipes.
Under the Tobacco Act 1987, an e-cigarette means…
An e-cigarette accessory means…
E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, and much remains unknown about the potential harms they may cause. The new laws are a precautionary approach, in line with other Australian states and territories.