Across Australia, acceptance of vaping ranges from somewhat positive to very negative. While using vaporizers is technically legal in every state, each state has their own laws regarding where you may use your vaping devices. In both Western Australia and Queensland, vaping is highly restricted, whereas other states have looser laws that have left some vapers unsure of whether or not it’s safe to proceed.
Here’s a look at seven places you should definitely avoid if you enjoy vaping:
While the law states that it is legal to use e-cigarette devices with or without nicotine, the state has put strong restrictions on how vaporizers are classified, making it very difficult to get your hands on vaping equipment in the first place.
In general, Western Australia is unfriendly towards vapers, but the state has reached an agreement that makes it possible to import vaporizers from other states.
Queensland is also a place where you should watch out if you want to vape. Queensland went one step further than Western Australia by banning the import of nicotine and any promotion of e-cigarette products.
In fact, using an e-cig that contains any nicotine at all is an offense. Furthermore, Queensland has made it explicitly clear that using vapor devices without nicotine is still unwelcome unless you are in a designated smoking area. That means no vaping out on the street, nicotine or not.
Given the fact that so many vaping laws in Australia are still unclear, it’s best to stay away from public parks when you’re vaping. Many of these places already have smoking bans in place, and each state is grappling with whether or not vaping falls under these bans.
In the more vape-friendly areas of Australia you might find businesses that are willing to allow vapers to do their thing. However, many states have left it up to the business owners’ discretion and you could be asked to leave.
As you move through life as a vaper, try to be aware of your surroundings and check with a manager before you make the assumption that vaping is allowed. Since vape shops and lounges are in short supply throughout Australia, many vapers go to bars or clubs to enjoy their vapes.
Public transit is another sticky area for vapers, especially because of how crowded transit stops can be. Plus, you’re likely to be in close contact with children, with whom vaping is frowned upon. A big problem with vaping on public transport is that enclosed space can quickly be overwhelmed with vapor if there are multiple vapers vaping away. Not only could the smell be objectionable to other passengers, but it could make people very uncomfortable to be in a confined area that is filling with vapor.
The Australian Capital Territory is very particular about vaping. There are strict enforcements of nicotine laws, and they take the issue very seriously. You do not want to be caught on the wrong side of the local laws.
In an odd twist, the north of Australia decided that vaping was OK as long as you have a permit for your nicotine. To the average vaper it appears that all vaping is fine. However, if you get stopped without a permit, you could face a nasty ordeal. While the Northern Territory hasn’t yet classified e-cigs as tobacco products, it’s clear that they’re trying to keep nicotine out of their state. The possible penalty for not having a proper permit is a hefty fine.
New South Wales
There is an odd mist lingering over New South Wales as residents try to sort out what the vaping laws really mean in this territory. At face value, New South Wales hasn’t been working against vapor devices specifically. They haven’t taken any steps to classify vaporizers either under tobacco control acts or as therapeutic devices. The biggest risk of vaping in this area is your nicotine, which still falls under a poison designation nationally. It’s unclear how these rules are being applied or when they’re being applied. For some people this causes a bit of anxiety over whether or not vaping is allowed, or what consequences you may potentially face if you are confronted.
Since laws vary drastically from state to state, it’s difficult to say exactly where you can and can’t vape. The best practice is to talk with other vapers in the community to understand the laws near you or to speak with people outside your area if you are planning to travel. You can always contact VaporFi if you have any questions about the do’s and don’ts of vaping from state to state.