It is against the law for anyone to sell
cigarettes to you if you are under 18. This
includes herbs and other things that are smoked, even if they do not contain
tobacco. Anyone who sells cigarettes to
someone under 18 can be heavily fined.
It is also against the law for someone else to buy cigarettes for
you. Anyone who does can be fined.
You cannot be forced to show ID.
But if you don’t, the shop keeper probably won’t sell you cigarettes. Valid ID includes:
current drivers’ license; or
- a valid proof of age card (including NSW Photo cards); or
Making or using a fake ID is
usually against the law. For more
information see our Fake ID page.
There is no law which says the police can confiscate your
cigarettes just because you are under 18.
It is against the law to smoke in enclosed public places in the
ACT. Enclosed public places are places
that are open to the public, have a roof, and are mostly surrounded by
walls (even if there are doors or open passageways). This includes places you have to pay to enter
(like a theatre).
Some examples of places that are usually enclosed public places
- Restaurants, cafes and dining areas;
- Pubs, clubs and bars (except designated smoking areas);
- Schools, colleges and universities;
- Community centres, halls and churches;
- Theatres, libraries and galleries;
- Public transport (buses, trains, trams, aeroplanes, taxis, ferries);
- Gyms and sporting facilities;
also against the law to smoke in outdoor eating or drinking places, like
the outdoor areas of:
cafes, and food stalls;
food and drink are served outdoors.
are caught smoking in such a place, you can:
fined on the spot by police ($220 if smoking indoors, $110 if smoking
to have the matter decided by a court (which may fine you up to $750 if convicted of smoking indoors or outdoors).
up to the police whether to give you a warning, but you can always choose to go
to court instead.
Some schools have rules about how you can behave
when wearing school uniform. If your school has these kinds of rules, you may
get in trouble for smoking in school uniform.
For more information, ask your school for information about its uniform
and smoking policies.
You cannot smoke in a car if there is someone younger than 16 in the car. If you are caught, you can:
- be fined
$250 on the spot by the police; or
to have the matter decided by a court (which may fine you up to $7,500 if convicted).
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This page was last
updated 11 November 2014.