It is against the law for anyone,
other than your parent or guardian, to supply cigarettes to you if you are under 18.
Do I have to show ID?
You cannot be forced to show ID by a shop keeper. But if you don’t, they probably won’t sell
you cigarettes. Valid ID includes:
- a proof of age card
(including NSW Photo cards); 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.
The police can confiscate your cigarettes if they have a reason to think
- you just bought or were given them by someone
who was breaking the law.
You will be asked for ID first.
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).
Some examples of places that are usually enclosed places are:
- Indoor restaurants, cafes and dining areas;
- Pubs, clubs and bars (except designated
- 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;
against the law to smoke within 4 metres of the entrace to any of these
also against the law to smoke in outdoor eating and drinking areas of
cafes, restaurants and other places that food and drink are served.
areas are also smoke-free areas, like:
- Patrolled areas of beaches;
- Near public pools and swimming areas;
- Near children’s playgrounds.
are caught smoking in any of the above places, you can.
- be given a formal caution; or
- be fined on the spot by the police ($220); or
- choose to have the matter decided by a court
fine you up to $2,200 if
you are convicted).
up to the police whether to give you a warning or a formal caution, 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
You cannot smoke in a car if
there is someone younger than 16 in the car.
The possible penalties are the same as for smoking in other smoke-free
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This page was last
updated 11 November 2014.