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Tobacco laws in Queensland

Penalties, fines and enforcement

Find out the current penalty rates and where to report a possible breach of the tobacco laws.

Outdoor public areas

Smoking is either banned or restricted in many public outdoor areas in Queensland.

Smoking in vehicles

Regulations apply when smoking in a vehicle.

Eating or drinking venues

Food and drink businesses must follow regulations around smoking areas.

Tobacco retailing

Regulations apply to the sale and promotion of tobacco products and ice pipe and bong products.

Electronic cigarettes

Proposed and existing regulations around the sale and use of electronic cigarettes.

Educational facilities

Smoking is banned at state and non-state schools, and for 5 metres beyond their boundaries. From 1 September 2016, the ban also applies to early childhood facilities.

Hospitals, healthcare and residential aged care facilities

From 1 September 2016, the smoking ban at hospitals and health centres includes residential aged care facilities. A 5 metre buffer zone applies.

Local government

Local government has an important role to play in supporting and creating smoke-free public places.

Last updated: 13 October 2020

New resource for Local Government

Information and tools to assist local governments manage compliance and create smoke-free places - Creating smoke-free places: A guide for Queensland local governments (PDF 2792 kB)