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Tobacco laws in Queensland

Penalties, fines and enforcements

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.

Legislation changes from 1 September 2016

The Queensland Parliament has passed amendments to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 for laws that apply to:

Amendments to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 have also been passed which allow for additional no-smoking areas to be prescribed by regulation. These include:

  • National parks or parts of national parks
  • State Government precincts.
Last updated: 21 July 2016