Tobacco Law History

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Tobacco Law History

Smoke free areas in Tasmania are established under the Public Health Act 1997.


Ban on the sale of cigarettes to children under 16 years of age under the Police Offences Act 1934.


Public Health Act 1997 commenced including bans on tobacco advertising, the sale of cigarettes to children under 18 years of age self-service vending machines and display restrictions in retail shops. Manufacturers and suppliers were also banned from providing false information to any person about tobacco control legislation or the health effects of tobacco products.


Further sale and display restrictions in retail shops introduced.


Tobacco licensing system introduced to ensure retailer compliance with the Public Health Act 1997 and funding for enforcement activity.

September 2001 

Workplaces and enclosed public places become smoke-free. This includes areas such as shopping centres, restaurants, factories, hospitals, corridors and toilets.

Further smoke-free areas are introduced:

  • within three metres outside entrances and exits
  • within 10 metres from ventilation equipment
  • work vehicles where another person is present
  • in reserved seating at cultural and sporting venues.
November 2003 

Graphic health warning notices become mandatory in shops that displayed tobacco products.

January 2005 

Gaming areas, nightclubs and 50 per cent of outdoor dining areas become smoke-free.

January 2006 

Liquor venues, such as pubs and hotels, become smoke-free inside.


The sale of split packet cigarettes is banned.

January 2008

Smoking is banned in cars where children (under the age of 18) are present.


Sale of fruit and confectionery tobacco products is banned.

June 2008

Tobacco displays in retail shops are reduced to one square metre.

February 2011

Tobacco displays are banned in general retail shops.

March 2012  

New smoke-free areas are introduced:

  • playgrounds
  • patrolled beaches
  • pedestrian and bus malls
  • bus shelters
  • 100 per cent of outdoor dining areas
  • competition and seating areas at sporting events
  • other large public events.

Tobacco displays are banned in specialist tobacconists.

November 2012Carols by Candlelight events required to be smoke free.
January 2013Selected markets, food and wine, and music festivals are required to be smoke-free or have designated areas for smoking.
May 2013Agricultural shows organised by the Affiliated Societies of the Agricultural Show Council of Tasmania are required to be smoke-free or have designated smoking areas.
2016The Director may approve, on conditions, designated smoking areas at public events that must otherwise be smoke-free.
November 2018Significantly increases to the penalty for those who sell or supply smoking products to a child.  A first offence can attract a fine of around $19,000, a second $38,000, and a subsequent offence $57,000.
2018 Personal vaporiser products or e-cigarettes are regulated the same way as tobacco.  New laws related to the use, licensing, display and advertising apply.

Fit and proper tests apply to people doing a licence to sell tobacco products or personal vaporiser products.

A requirement to report the volume of smoking products sold are attached to licences.