A licence to vape: Is it time to trial of a nicotine licensing scheme to allow Australian adults controlled access to electronic cigarettes devices and refill solutions containing nicotine?

Int J Drug Policy. 2015 Jun;26(6):548-53. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.02.003. Epub 2015 Mar 3.


Australia has some of the most restrictive laws concerning use of nicotine in e-cigarettes. The only current legal option for Australians to legally possess and use nicotine for vaping is with a medical prescription and domestic supply is limited to compounding pharmacies that prepare medicines for specific patients. An alternative regulatory option that could be implemented under current drugs and poisons regulations is a 'nicotine licensing' scheme utilising current provisions for 'dangerous poisons'. This commentary discusses how such a scheme could be used to trial access to nicotine solutions for vaping outside of a 'medicines framework' in Australia.

Keywords: Electronic cigarettes; Nicotine; Nicotine licensing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Adult
  • Australia
  • Drug and Narcotic Control / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems / statistics & numerical data*
  • Government Regulation*
  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Nicotine / administration & dosage*


  • Nicotine