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e-cigs - illegal?

Posted in Quit experiences 20 Aug 2012

Hi everyone .. just wanting to double check something. I've been seeing a few posts here lately about e-cigs. I heard on the radio last week that they are actually illegal to sell in Australia. Any comments on that?

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  • extre248 August 20, 2012 | 17:26
    I have quit using e-cigs, there have been some incorrect statements made in the media regarding them. The devices themselves are not illegal, you can find them online on Australian websites, and also in some tobacconists. It is illegal for retail stores to sell "NICOTINE LIQUID" that the e-cig uses. But, its LEGAL to import a personal supply through overseas stores.
    I purchased my e-cig kit through an Australian vendor after picking up a cheap disposable e-cig from a tobacconist on the gold coast to try. I order my nicotine liquid through numerous american and english e-juice suppliers. My nicotine liquid has been inspected by customs numerous times, and ive always recieved it. If it were illegal, it wouldnt get to my door.
    Google aussievapers if your interested, lots of helpful people and info over there. The key is getting good equiptment. Some kits have terrible small battery power, so do some research. A little learning curve, but they are quite simple really.
    E-cigs worked great for me, and im using mine as NRT after trying patches, zyban, champix, gum over a 5 yr period. Started at 24mg, after 6 weeks dropped to 18mg, and have been on 12mg since. 7 months smoke free and feeling great.
    Well worth looking into if your interested. And great to have in case you do quit and accidenlty slip up, you can grab your e-cig and not a real cig.
  • rainbow4006 August 20, 2012 | 20:59
    Hi MickeyJ, extre248 is correct, i have had an e cig for about a month (went cold turkey almost 5 months ago), i purchased a good quality one and am using the no nicotine flavours that you can purchase and the same outlets, it has not made me want to go back to smoking at all, i enjoy the minty flavour (i was a menthol smoker) i have found that it is great after dinner, i dont vap in the morning or anytime during the day, bit like having a chocolate! it works on the principle similar to asthma enhalers and it is a water vapour that you are inhaling (the flavours are in our foods!) no chemicals, this is the second one i have had, i bought one that was hopeless, took it back and bought a much better quality one, made in australia and its fabulous. the flavours are really cheap and after the initial purchase which was $60 the flavours are 6.95 per packet of 5, and they should last approx. the equivalent of 150 - 200 puffs each, so it is quite cheap! the feeling of inhaling and exhaling the water vapour is really really comparable to smoking.
  • RIDING OLD SKOOL, South Eastern Sydney August 20, 2012 | 21:41
    Hello MickeyJ, both posts above are correct.
    E cigs saved my life and can help many more to quit smoking.
  • NowaNonSmoker!, Western Sydney August 20, 2012 | 22:52
    Hey Mickey - What's going on? 230 days (or so)???
  • MickeyJ, Southern NSW August 21, 2012 | 8:41
    Hi NowaNon. 218 days smoke free for me. Never looking back. Never putting nicotene in my body again via any delivery system. It is an insidious, highly addictive chemical. Hope you're doing well my friend.
  • rainbow4006 August 21, 2012 | 9:01
    Hi MickeyJ how are you? as you can see i answered your post, im now 5 months nicotine ad 4000 other chemicals free (other than a slip up 10 weeks into it ), thought id let you know how i was going as well in case you wondered :)
  • MickeyJ, Southern NSW August 21, 2012 | 16:56
    Hi Rainbow, great to hear from you. Guess what? WE WON! You've done fantastic! I remember your slip up. Well done for overcoming that and staying on track.
  • rainbow4006 August 22, 2012 | 9:06
    hi MickeyJ good to see you doing so well and thanks :)

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