A GP guide to vaping and nicotine prescribing
Need to know:
- GPs can write prescriptions for nicotine e-liquids under new regulations in place from 1 October 2021.
- Vaping nicotine is a second-line quitting aid for smokers who are unable to quit with first-line treatments.
- Vaping nicotine is a more effective quitting aid than nicotine replacement therapy.
- Patients can legally import nicotine liquid from overseas or purchase it from an Australian pharmacy with a prescription from their GP.
- Patients should aim to quit smoking as soon as possible and try to stop vaping within 3-6 months.
- Long-term vaping is discouraged but is safer than relapsing to smoking
Under new regulations, in place from 1 October 2021, consumers who want to purchase liquid nicotine for vaping will need to get a valid prescription from an Australian medical practitioner in order to do so legally.1