Dr Carolyn Beaumont, GP

Prescriber of nicotine e-liquid for smoking cessation purposes. Nation-wide phone consults. Same day script emailed direct to you. Order your nicotine e-liquid overseas, every 3 months.
Script is valid for 1 year (written as a 3 month supply with 3 repeats).

Step 1

Gain knowledge

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.

Step 2

Book & Pay Online

Book and pay for your preferred time for your phone consultation. If you are only available at other days or times, email Carolyn at medicalnicotine@gmail.com

 

Step 3

Phone Consultation

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.

About

Dr Carolyn Beaumont, General practitioner

RACGP, MD, DipChildHealth, BMedSci(Dist), BMus(Hons), GradDipEd

  • Dr Carolyn Beaumont is a general practitioner with Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She is registered as a medical practitioner with AHPRA, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  • Carolyn is a strong advocate for healthier alternatives to smoking tobacco. She has helped many Australian ex-smokers obtain a legal, clinically appropriate script for liquid nicotine, for the sole purposes of smoking cessation. She started prescribing in 2020, as she developed more awareness and understanding of the plight of chronic smokers – those who desperately want to stop smoking and have tried all other options without success.
  • Please note: Carolyn cannot prescribe liquid nicotine for anyone under 18. However she is more than happy to discuss other smoking cessation options for this age group.
  • Carolyn believes that a doctor has one and only job. It is to improve human health, pure and simple. She is guided by the modern-day version of the Hippocratic Oath, which all graduating doctors in Australia commit to. In particular, Carolyn is inspired by these parts of the oath:
    • I will prevent disease whenever I can
    • I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings
    • I commit to warmth, sympathy, and understanding

What does the annual consultation provide?

  • A 15-20 minute phone consultation which provides a comprehensive assessment of your smoking cessation needs.
  • If a script is clinically indicated (this is generally the case for ex-smokers who have exhausted all other options), this is tailored to your needs. Everyone has different requirements and variable levels of nicotine addiction. We’ll have a proper discussion about what your smoking cessation needs and goals are, based on the understanding that vaping nicotine is not intended to be for long-term use. Rest assured that the consultation is a friendly, supportive and non-judgemental discussion. Personal details remain fully confidential, the same as for any other medical consult. 
  • The script is a traditional hand-written script, emailed to you as a digital image. It provides your 3-month supply of nicotine e-liquid, with 3 repeats. Because there can be delays in overseas importing, there is always a small ‘buffer’ on the script so you will not run out. 
  • Peace of mind knowing that your script is provided by an Australian general practitioner, with up-to-date knowledge of the changing Australian law surrounding nicotine for smoking cessation purposes.
  • Access via email during the year if issues arise.

FAQ

  • Nicotine vaping can be a remarkably effective way of helping ex-smokers stay smoke-free. The typical patient I see is a 40 – 60 year old ex-smoker. They started smoking as a teenager, became strongly addicted and smoked heavily, and unsuccessfully tried for many years to quit using a combination of nicotine replacement therapies, medication such as Champix, and counselling or hypnotherapy. Typically they have come across vaping in the past few years, and they generally report being able to stop smoking almost immediately and permanently. They generally report a wide range of health improvements since stopping smoking.
  • Nicotine addiction can develop quickly and persistently, and unfortunately for some smokers it is simply impossible to quit smoking using the current first-line therapies (nicotine replacement therapy and/or pharmacotherapy).
  • In my experience as a prescribing doctor to ex-smokers, I have found the following: it is almost never simply a lack of ‘willpower’ that prevents you from stopping smoking. The power of nicotine addiction is unfortunately much stronger than even the greatest will-power. There will always be those fortunate people who, despite much exposure to nicotine via smoking, are able to successfully and persistently give up smoking without great difficulty. But sadly, there are many many more who have the best of intentions, and the strongest desire to stop smoking, but find the physical and mental effects of nicotine withdrawal simply devastating. It is for these people that vaping nicotine e-liquid can be the only thing that keeps them smoke-free. 

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:

  • “If the great majority of tobacco smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit would switch without delay to using an alternative source of nicotine with lower health risks, and eventually stop using it, this would represent a significant contemporary public health achievement.”
  • “It is very likely that electronic nicotine devices are less toxic than cigarette smoke”
  • “Electronic nicotine devices are unlikely to be harmless, (but) the magnitude of these risks is likely to be smaller than from tobacco smoke.”
    World Health Organization 2016, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

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. 

  • In Australia, vaping (with or without nicotine) is not recommended as first-line therapy for smoking cessation.
  • Since 2017, a script for nicotine from a registered Australian medical practitioner is required in order to buy, possess and use liquid nicotine for vaping.
  • You are able to import from overseas a 3-month personal supply, with a valid script. 
  • However almost all current vapers I speak with, have been previously unaware that a script is required. This appears to be because in the past, these nicotine laws have not been widely published. But that has changed dramatically since June 2020, when proposed new federal legislation was tabled regarding the prescribing and importing of liquid nicotine. These changes have been postponed until Jan 2021. It is not clear yet what the situation will be, but it is almost certain that a script will continue to be needed. Further, the prescribing doctor is likely to require additional TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) authority before the script is valid. Dr Beaumont has an ongoing commitment to provide valid, legal, clinically appropriate nicotine scripts.

Contact

medicalnicotine@gmail.com