Tobacco laws in Queensland
Tobacco laws in Queensland aim to improve health by creating a culture that reduces exposure to tobacco and other smoking products and second-hand smoke, supports smokers to quit and discourages people from taking up the habit.
Laws in Queensland ban smoking at places people gather to spend time with family and friends or that are part of every-day living. Tough restrictions also apply to the supply, advertising, display and promotion of smoking products.
Smoking products include tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, loose smoking blend, personal vaporisers (such as electronic or e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vape pens) and personal vaporiser related products (e-liquids and e-cigarette parts).
State-wide smoking bans
Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes is banned in a number of outdoor public areas, eating and drinking venues and education, healthcare and residential aged care facilities across Queensland.
Outdoor smoke-free public areas
- within 5 metres of public transport waiting points such as bus stops, taxi ranks, and ferry terminals
- within 10 metres of in-use campsites at national parks and any public facilities at national parks such as:
- picnic tables
- toilet blocks
- visitor information centres
- boat ramps
- within 10 metres of playing and viewing areas during organised under-18 sporting events
- within 5 metres of non-residential building entrances
- at outdoor pedestrian malls
- at government precincts around certain state government buildings (e.g. footpaths)
- within 10 metres of public skate parks and children’s playground equipment
- at patrolled beaches between the flags
- at public swimming facilities
- at artificial beaches and lagoons
- at major sports or events facilities.
Smoking in vehicles
- where children under the age of 16 years are present
- used for business if anyone else is in the vehicle.
Eating or drinking venues
- anywhere inside eating and drinking venues such as pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes
- at commercial outdoor eating or drinking areas.
- at public and private schools and within 5 metres beyond their boundaries
- at early childhood education and care facilities and within 5 metres beyond their boundaries, including kindergartens, childcare centres, day care providers and after school hours care.
Hospitals, healthcare and residential aged care facilities
- at public hospitals and health facilities and private hospitals and within 5 metres beyond their boundaries
- at public and private residential aged care facilities and within 5 metres beyond their boundaries
Local Government may prohibit smoking
- Local government can ban smoking in outdoor public spaces not covered by state-wide smoking bans.
Laws about selling smoking products
Strict requirements are in place regarding the sale and promotion of smoking and smoking related products in Queensland including
- no sales of smoking products to children under 18 years of age
- smoking products can only be sold at one point of sale at retail stores
- mandatory training of employees who sell smoking products
- smoking products cannot be sold from temporary retail outlets
- bans on the display and requirements for the storage of smoking products at retail stores
- mandatory signage must be displayed at the point of sale
- no smoking product advertising, competitions, giveaways or entitlements
- tobacco vending machines must be located in bar, casino or gaming machining areas only.
Report a possible breach
Who to contact to report a breach of the tobacco laws.
Find out more
Call 13 QGOV (13 7468) for:
- tobacco laws in Queensland
- reporting possible breaches of the legislation
- help for tobacco retailers and liquor licensed venue managers to understand the laws
- enforcement and current fines and penalties
- free copies of signs and forms required by legislation.