Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

An e-cigarette replicates smoking behaviour without the use of tobacco.

It is a battery-operated device designed to heat a liquid (known as e-liquid or e-juice) to produce a vapour that users inhale.

The liquid generally contains a base solution of propylene glycol and glycerine. Ingredients typically added to this solution include flavouring and a range of chemicals. They may or may not contain nicotine.

E-cigarettes that contain nicotine are called electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

It is illegal to sell, buy or use e-cigarette cartridges containing nicotine in Tasmania.

Most devices contain an electronic vaporisation system, a battery and a liquid cartridge.

Some look like conventional cigarettes while others appear more like an electronic device or resemble everyday items such as lipsticks and pens. They can be disposable, re-chargeable and/or refillable.

At the moment there are no restrictions on the availability and use of nicotine-free electronic cigarettes in Tasmania.

Have your say: Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco Control Laws

You are invited to comment on a Regulatory Impact Statement that considers the impact on competition and business of proposed changes to the Public Health Act 1997.  The changes involve new electronic cigarette laws as announced in the Government’s Healthy Tasmania – Five Year Strategic Plan. Changes to tobacco licensing, smoke-free areas and other supporting changes are also proposed.  The changes will largely affect people who sell electronic cigarettes, supply them to others or use or advertise them.  The changes also affect occupiers of smoke-free areas and tobacco sellers.

Regulatory Impact Statement

Regulatory Impact Statement (accessible version)

Hard copies can be provided to you by phoning Public Health Services on 1800 671 738.

Send comments to:

Email (preferred): tobacco.control@dhhs.tas.gov.au


Tobacco Control (Public Health Services)
Department of Health and Human Services
GPO Box  125

Personal delivery:

Public Health Services
Level 2, 25 Argyle Street

Comments received (including author’s names) will be published on the Department’s website unless they are marked “Confidential” and can be so classified under the Right to Information Act 2009.

This period cannot be extended and comments received after this time cannot be considered.

E-cigarette public discussion

Public Health Services called for submissions to a discussion paper on the range of options around the use of electronic cigarette devices in Tasmania in July 2015.

View the submissions

January 2017