I’m a big fan of e-cigarettes, though I do not smoke them. You don’t smoke inhale tobacco into your lungs. And they’ve helped a lot of people quit smoking.
There’s no second hand tobacco smoke, obviously, but they’re not allowed on planes. And you’re not allowed to bring them into many countries, either, although tourists often don’t realize this.
- Public health professionals tend not to like risk of any kind, let alone something that looks like the ‘dirty habit’ of smoking.
- Tobacco companies don’t like competition.
- And so they effectively team up in a ‘Bootleggers and Baptists’ scenario to push for government restrictions on vaping.
Did you know that the recently-enacted “Build Back Better” infrastructure bill contains an e-cigarette tax that will make e-cigarettes about 25% more expensive and regular cigarettes, therefore, relatively more affordable?
Australia has gone a lot further. Anything there that’s not expressly permitted in health is more or less prohibited. You can buy melatonin on Amazon in the U.S., but Australia has just legalized buying this from a chemist without a prescription in June… but only if you’re over 55.
Since October 1 it’s been illegal to bring e-cigarettes into Australia without a prescription from an Australian doctor. (You can no longer acquire them domestically without a prescription, either.)
If you want to bring a device to vape nicotine into Australia, you’ll need a prescription from an Australian doctor before you go. Otherwise you could have your device confiscated at the border, and you can be fined.
So file in the ‘good to know’ category that there’s actually a company which will provide you with a prescription in advance of travel that’s valid for a year for $85. That allows you to bring a personal supply for your trip, up to 3 months’ use.
Of course if you are a traditional smoker you’re not allowed to import more than one unopened package, and a prescription doesn’t change that (or likely exist for that matter).
Not my need personally, I’m looking forward to visiting family in Australia and they’re excited to now be allowed to leave to country and visit the States. I don’t vape but I’ve been keeping abreast of changing rules for travelers entering the country and this seemed worth passing along – especially since it’s a new change since most people have been permitted to go there.