In 2001, significant changes were made to Queensland's Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 to address the impact of tobacco smoking on the community. This was a first step.
A review of the tobacco laws was carried out in early 2004. Consultation with industry and the public resulted in more than 1,300 submissions.
The Review informed the drafting of new tobacco laws under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Amendment Bill 2004 - which was passed by Queensland Parliament on 11 November 2004. The new tobacco laws put in place the toughest and most comprehensive smoking bans in Australia, and will greatly contribute to reducing the public's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, support smoker’s trying to quit, and discourage young people from taking up the habit.
The laws commenced in phases between 1 January 2005 and 1 July 2006 and include:
In October 2007, another review of Queensland's tobacco laws was conducted, this time with a particular focus on smoke-free enclosed and outdoor places. On 26 May 2008, the newest changes to Queensland's tobacco laws were announced. These are:
In April 2010, in response to the Queensland Parliament’s Social Development Committee’s Report on Chronic Disease, the Government announced that retail displays of smoking and related products at retailers throughout Queensland will be banned in 2011.
From 18 November 2011, all Queensland retailers who sell smoking products must ensure that all smoking product displays are covered in accordance with the new laws, and existing mandatory signage is removed and the new A4 mandatory sign is displayed at the relevant point of sale.
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).