You could be hit with a fine of more than $9,000 if you use your e-cig with nicotine in the Sunshine State. While that’s been the situation in Queensland for some time, what we didn’t know until today is that the Queensland Health Website not only outlines the legal issue around liquid nicotine, but goes a step further by encouraging people to report the sale or EVEN the possession of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine to the Government.
Electronic cigarettes containing liquid nicotine are illegal in Queensland. It is an offence under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (PDF, 1 MB)(HDPR), for a person to manufacture, obtain, possess, prescribe, dispense, sell, advertise, use or destroy nicotine, unless the person is specifically authorised or holds an approval under the HDPR. The maximum penalty is $9,108.
Electronic cigarette containing liquid nicotine can be safely disposed of at a community pharmacy or a local public health unit.
To report the sale or possession of electronic cigarettes containing liquid nicotine, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
Encouraging people to dob in a vaper seems draconian and has angered a number of people, who have responded on social media with disbelief!
The crime of quitting smoking by switching to vaping is so serious they want us to dob in our neighbours. pic.twitter.com/62xj80hj93
— Jennifer Stone (@JennyStone65) July 12, 2016
So instead of turning their attention to the possible benefits of vaping for those looking to give up smoking, Queensland Health would rather you turn on a vaper to make sure they get done for the super dangerous crime of VAPING. Way to go Queensland.