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 or gives cigarettes
to someone under 18 can be heavily fined.
Do I have to show ID?
You cannot be forced to show ID.
But if you don’t, the shop keeper probably won’t sell you cigarettes. Valid ID includes:
- a current drivers’ license; or
- a valid 18 Plus Card ; or
It is against the law to use a fake ID to buy cigarettes. You can be fined for doing so. 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 and workplaces
in the Northern Territory. Enclosed places
are places that 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 where smoking is illegal are:
• Shopping centres;
• 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;
It is also
illegal to smoke in outdoor areas where food or drink is served,
like outdoor cafes and restaurants.
are caught smoking in any of these places, unless there were no signs or
other easy way of knowing the place was a smoke-free area, you may:
- be fined $119. on the spot by police;
- choose to have the matter decided by a court
(which may fine you up to $2,740 if convicted).
up to the police whether to give you a warning or fine, 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.
At current, there is no law which says you cannot
smoke in a car in the Northern Territory.
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This page was last
updated 11 November 2014.