In a nutshell
Australia has a strict regime for its vaping sector, with nicotine e-cigs prohibited as a consumer product. All nicotine-containing products for therapeutic use are required to be approved as registered medicines in Australia, but to date no such approval has been granted. Moreover, importation of such products will be banned as of January 2021, limiting further this already small market. Since nicotine-free vapour products are considered consumer products and can be sold freely, various state-level regulations have been enacted to protect minors.
Across the waters, the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes is legal in New Zealand. In August 2020, New Zealand’s Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill was adopted by lawmakers with broad cross-party support. The new regulation includes major changes in advertising, packaging, product safety requirements and sales and distribution.