Nicotine Information

Prescription Law

Effective since October 1, the Australian Government and Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) will require Australian Vapers to hold a prescription before importing nicotine e-liquid products (“unapproved medicines”) under the Personal Importation Scheme.

*Please note that we only provide general information about the prescription law for nicotine purchase and do not constitute legal advice*

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a chiral alkaloid produced in the nightshade family of plants and it is widely used recreationally as a stimulant and anxiolytic. As a pharmaceutical drug, it is used as a cessation to relieve withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine is also an addictive chemical.

Nicotine History

Nicotine was isolated from tobacco leaves (Nicotiana tabacum) in 1828. A family rich in alkaloids. About 5 percent (by weight) of the tobacco plant is nicotine (C10H14N2). The alkaloid of 99.9 percent purity was offered for commercial use in 1940. Though it has been known as a stimulant and medicine for centuries old, it is only until 1994 that the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration officially determined that Nicotine was a dependence-producing drug. The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently ruled that the FDA could not regulate nicotine as a drug. The boom of Electronic Cigarettes in 2005 gave way to the use of nicotine in varied minimal percentages to help many users quit traditional tobacco smoking and live a healthier lifestyle.

Nicotine Education

What do you need to know about Nicotine? It is a substance that creates an addiction that can be found in tobacco cigarettes as well as creating satisfaction in the throat with a small amount of nicotine for an average smoker. The effects of Nicotine are typically manifested in linked to raised alertness, euphoria, and a sensation of being relaxed as it deviates users from vigorous mental activity and fatigue. However, excessive amounts of Nicotine can lead to severe levels of addiction and paralysis of the nervous system. 

Furthermore, Nicotine does share similarities as a stimulant with caffeine found in tobacco leaves as well as to 66 other plants such as tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, peppers, and more. The cause of cancer is the result of the tar and other components and factors in cigarettes, as tobacco smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals including various toxins whilst electronic cigarettes do not have tar and carcinogens. However, do take note that large amounts and serious abuse of Nicotine for a long period of time can lead to hair loss, interrupted metabolism, and microvascular contraction.