In a move that surprised many, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have now included nicotine vape juice and vaping as one of the options for nicotine replacement therapy. Under the new guidelines, GPs and other health professionals can not only introduce, but actually recommend and prescribe vaping as a legitimate tool for quitting smoking.
From 1 October 2021, customers will require a valid prescription to import nicotine vaping goods such as nicotine e-cigarettes, nicotine pods and liquid nicotine, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) stated. In other words, consumers who buy vape goods online from a foreign source will be legally required to get a prescription from an Australian licensed physician.
In the past, GPs who support the use of vaping and nicotine e-juice were reluctant to prescribe and recommend it as a smoking cessation tool because of the lack of approval from the authorities. But now with the RACGP including it in the list of approved cessation tools, it opens up a whole new chapter to those who have been wanting to quit and were previously unsuccessful in doing so.
This move gives Australians who were scared to try vaping due to it being illegal a real shot at quitting cigarettes. This opens the doors to safer and legal ways to purchase nicotine e-juice and protection from black-market products.