Carolyn Beaumont is a GP, and an experienced Australian prescriber of nicotine e-liquid.
Consults are supportive, friendly, confidential and tailored to your needs.
Once you have a script, you can order your nicotine e-liquid overseas every 3 months for a year. Your script is valid for 12 months.
Your script is essential – under Australian federal law it is ILLEGAL to attempt to import or possess nicotine e-liquid without a valid script from an Australian fully registered doctor.
Consults are reasonably priced at $125 for a 12-month supply (written as a 3-month supply, with 3 repeats).
Unfortunately no Medicare rebate is currently available.
Carolyn will call you for the phone consultation. She aims to keep to your scheduled time, but sometimes delays occur. Please be patient, and wait for a ‘no caller ID’ call.
We will discuss your medical and smoking history, cessation attempts, experience with nicotine vaping, and smoking cessation goals.
If clinically appropriate, a script is emailed to you immediately.
RACGP, MD, DipChildHealth, BMedSci(Dist), BMus(Hons), GradDipEd
No one is saying that nicotine vaping is 100% safe. There is no long-term data on the safety of nicotine vaping. However, there is a substantial and growing body of evidence that supports the relative safety and effectiveness of nicotine vaping, compared to smoking tobacco.
The World Health Organization provides a balanced assessment of the role of nicotine vaping. Click here for the full report. Essentially, although the lack of long-term safety data is highlighted as a major issue, WHO does offer support for nicotine vaping in current smokers who are unable to stop smoking:
RACGP provides a comprehensive guideline for doctors regarding smoking cessation. The relevant section can be accessed here. In essence, although nicotine vaping is not a first-line smoking cessation method, the RACGP say it ‘may be a reasonable intervention’ in certain groups:
“For people who have tried to achieve smoking cessation with approved pharmacotherapies but failed, but who are still motivated to quit smoking and have brought up e-cigarette usage with their healthcare practitioner, nicotine containing e-cigarettes may be a reasonable intervention to recommend.”
Anyone under 18 is not eligible for a nicotine script from me, regardless of circumstances. The Australian legislative position is absolutely clear on this – Vaping (with or without nicotine) is UNSAFE for young people to experiment with. There are valid concerns that vaping when young may lead to smoking. However, I am happy to discuss other smoking cessation strategies with anyone under 18. And please, make sure to explore what QUIT.org.au can offer you.