The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued a $2,664 infringement notice to a WA-based individual for allegedly importing liquid nicotine for use in nicotine vaping products.
It is alleged that the individual imported nicotine vaping products into Australia without the required approval or exemption in place.
The package was intercepted and seized at the border and contained many more products than allowable under the Personal Importation Scheme. Furthermore, it is alleged that the shipment was falsely declared in an attempt to evade detection.
This case serves as a reminder to anyone considering unlawfully importing liquid nicotine products into Australia that they risk the loss of the products, fines, and potentially court action.
All nicotine vaping products, such as such as e-cigarettes, pods and liquid nicotine, are Prescription Only Medicines. The only way a consumer can legally acquire NVPs is with a valid prescription for the purposes of smoking cessation from a registered medical practitioner.
If you believe you require nicotine vaping products to assist with smoking cessation, speak to your doctor. The TGA has published information for consumers on how to access nicotine vaping products to help quit smoking, where appropriate.
NVPs purchased illegally could be counterfeit or contain undeclared and hazardous active ingredients.
If you suspect non-compliance in relation to therapeutic goods, you can report illegal or questionable practices online to the TGA.