It is against the law for anyone other than your parent or guardian to sell or give cigarettes to you if you are under 18. This includes herbs and other things that are smoked, even if they do not contain tobacco.
Do I have to show ID?
- a drivers’ license; or
- a proof of age card (including NSW Photo cards); or
- a passport.
Can police confiscate my cigarettes if I am under 18?
Where can I smoke?
In Queensland, it is against the law to smoke in an enclosed place other than someone’s home. A place is enclosed if it has a roof, and is mostly surrounded by walls (even if there are doors or open passageways).
- Shopping centres;
- Indoor restaurants, cafes and dining areas;
- Pubs, clubs and bars (except designated smoking areas);
- Indoors at 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;
Some outdoor areas are also smoke-free areas, like:
- be given a warning; or
- be given a formal caution; or
- be fined on the spot by the police ($200); or
- choose to have the matter decided by a court (which may fine you up to $2,000 if you are convicted).
It is up to the police whether to give you a warning or a formal caution, but you can always choose to go to court instead.
Can I smoke in a car?
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Last updated: June 2012