By law and popular demand the Queensland Government has the nation's toughest anti-smoking laws.
Laws in Queensland include smoking bans for indoor and outdoor public places, as well as tough restrictions on retail advertising, display and promotion of tobacco products.
These laws are reducing the public's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, contributing to a culture that supports smokers trying to quit, and discouraging young people from taking up the habit.
For more information on Queensland's existing tobacco laws, call the Government call centre on 13 QGOV - 13 7468.
From 18 November 2011 the retail display of smoking and related products in Queensland is banned.
All retailers in Queensland who sell smoking products must ensure that:
If you are a tobacco retailer or liquor licensee, you must ensure you are aware of all the requirements under the tobacco legislation. An Information Guide about the new laws for retailing is available here, or more information can be obtained by calling the Government call centre on 13 QGOV - 13 7468.
Free copies of the mandatory sign can be obtained by calling 13 QGOV (13 7468).
In the interests of working constructively and fairly with industry to assist with compliance during the initial period after the new laws commence, Queensland Health will follow the precedent of other States and the precedent we have followed when introducing other new laws. Namely, for a three month period, between 18 November 2011 and 28 February 2012, retailers will be educated about the new laws and assisted to comply with them, rather than punitive enforcement action taken, unless there is a lack of good faith or a demonstrated unwillingness to work towards compliance during that period.
That will provide retailers time to make the necessary changes required to comply with the new laws.
It is important to note that throughout this period retailers must demonstrate good faith in efforts to achieve compliance with the new laws. If during this time genuine effort is being made towards compliance with the new laws with a work plan demonstrating work is underway or scheduled to be undertaken to achieve full compliance by 1 March 2012, Queensland Health will take and advise and assist approach to enforcement, rather than prosecution for non compliance.
From 1 March 2012 onwards, retailers who are not in full compliance with the new laws are liable to prosecution unless they have specific, written advice from Queensland Health that further time will be given. That extension will only be granted in extraordinary circumstances and only if the retailer is also able to demonstrate that arrangements have been made for work to be done to make the retailers premises compliant.
Report a possible breach of the new tobacco laws