Tobacco management

Tobacco management

Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia.

Between 2008 and 2012, an average of 502 Tasmanians died each year from tobacco use.

Tasmania has traditionally had a higher rate of tobacco smoking than most of the other jurisdictions and Australia as a whole, with the exception of the Northern Territory.

The Australian Health Survey 2014-15 reported 18.9 per cent of Tasmanians over 18 years of age were estimated to be either daily or occasional smokers compared to 16 per cent nationally. However, this figure is lower than the previous survey result in 2011-12 of 21.7 per cent.

This suggests smoking prevalence is decreasing but there is still a gap between Tasmania and the rest of Australia.

New laws

New laws applying to tobacco and electronic cigarette retailers, people who use e-cigarettes and occupiers of smoke-free areas are effective from 29 November 2017.

Want to Quit?

For more information or support to quit smoking visit Quit Tasmania, call the 24-hour Quitline on 13 78 48 or view a list of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs community services.

Every cigarette you don't smoke is doing you good – to find out how much you could save by quitting click here

Smoke-Free Areas

Tasmania has strict controls on where people can smoke in public areas; this is to protect Tasmanians from harmful second-hand tobacco smoke.

It is prohibited to use e-cigarettes, herbal cigarettes or to vape in smoke-free areas.

Take a tour of all smoke-free areas in Tasmania, including public events

Download Outdoor Smoking Areas, A Guide for Licensed Premises

Download smoke-free area resources and signage

Selling Tobacco

Tasmania has strict controls on the sale of tobacco.

For more information on how tobacco is sold in Tasmania download the Retailers Guide

Apply for a tobacco or other smoking product licence

Tobacco Action

We are committed to reducing the harm caused by tobacco and aim to lower the prevalence of smoking among Tasmanians to 10 per cent by 2020.

Read how we are working to reduce tobacco-related harm

Investment in Tobacco Control 2010-11

Investment in Tobacco Control 2011-12

Want more information?

Call the Public Health Hotline - Tasmania on 1800 671 738.

October 2017