It is against the law for anyone to sell
cigarettes to you if you are under 18. This can include 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
Do I have to show ID?
The shop keeper can ask you for ID if they think you might be under 18. Valid ID includes:
- a current drivers’ license; or
- a valid proof of age card
(including NSW Photo cards); or
If you refuse, lie, or use fake ID, you are breaking the law. You can be fined for doing so, and the police
may confiscate the ID. For more
information see our Fake ID page.
Police and school teachers can confiscate
cigarettes from you if you are under 18.
The person who takes them is not allowed to return them to you.
It is against the law to smoke in enclosed public places in South
Australia. 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 these places are:
- Restaurants, cafes and dining areas;
clubs and bars (except designated smoking areas);
colleges and universities;
centres, halls and churches;
libraries and galleries;
transport (buses, trains, trams, aeroplanes, taxis, ferries);
and sporting facilities;
are caught smoking in one of these places, you can:
- be given an informal caution; or
- fined $75 on the spot by police (if you are
16 or older); or
- choose to have the matter decided by a court
(which may fine you $200 if you are convicted).
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. The possible fines are the same as for
smoking in public places, above.
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This page was last
updated 11 November 2014.