Vaping in Australia

Key Statistics

All age groups

The latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) has found increasing rates of vaping in Australia.

  • In 2022–23, 1 in 5 (19.8%) people aged 14 and over reported using an e-cigarette at least once in their lifetime.
  • People 14 and over who reported vaping in the past year increased from 2.5% in 2019 to 7% in 2022-2023.1

Young people (18-24 years of age)

  • Use of vapes in the past year increased from 5.3% in 2019, to 21% in 2022-23. 
  • Almost 1 in 10 18 to 24 year olds reported vaping daily 2022-2023.1

Teens (14-17)

  • Teen use in the past year increased significantly - from 1.8% in 2019, to 9.7% in 2022-23. 
  • 3.5% reported vaping daily in 2022-23.1

And use in this age bracket is higher for females.

  • Reported past year use was 13.5% for girls, compared to 7.1% for boys.
  • Daily use was 5.7% of girls, compared to 1.8% of boys.1

An Australian schools survey also found vaping had increased.

  • 12.9% of teens aged between 12-15 had vaped in the last month.
  • 22.1% of 16-17 years old had vaped in the last month.2
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What’s happening in Australia

In response to growing concern around young people vaping, the Australian Government has changed how vapes are regulated. Changes as of March 2024 include:

  • a ban on the importation of all vapes (with and without nicotine, and including rechargeable devices) without an import licence and permit
  • specific product requirements for imported vapes, with flavours limited to mint, menthol or tobacco.3,4

Some therapeutic (legal) vapes are allowed. These are vapes prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner for someone quitting smoking, or managing a nicotine dependence (addiction).4

And more changes might be on the way, you can read about the changes so far here and on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2022–2023. 2024 [29.02.2024].
  2. Scully M, Bain E, Koh I, Wakefield M, Durkin S, Cancer Council Victoria. ASSAD 2022/2023: Australian secondary school students’ use of tobacco and e-cigarettes 2023 [20.02.2024].
  3. Gartner C. Will the latest vaping reforms find the right balance and what will they mean for recreational vapers? The University of Queensland [Internet]. 2023 [24.01.2024].
  4. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). New regulation of vapes starting January 2024. 2023 [24.01.2024].