The sale of smoking products (e.g. cigarettes, tobacco, vaping products) is regulated under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act in the ACT. It is illegal to sell or supply smoking products without a licence. This includes selling them to your friends.
The sale of nicotine vaping products such as nicotine e-cigarettes, nicotine pods and liquid nicotine is restricted to pharmacies and requires a prescription.
The sale of any vaping product to people under the age of 18 is illegal.
It is illegal for other Australian retailers, such as tobacconists, 'vape' shops and convenience stores, to sell nicotine vaping products, even to someone who has a prescription. Restrictions also apply to advertising, displays and marketing.
Both smoking and vaping are banned in the ACT in certain places.
Find out more about selling, supplying or promoting smoking and vaping products.
Read the ACT smoking and vaping laws.
On 2 May 2023 the Australian Government released the National Tobacco Strategy 2023-2030, and announced a raft of changes to the regulation and enforcement of e-cigarettes. Find out more about how the Australian Government is taking action on smoking and vaping.