Smoking laws in Queensland

Smoking 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 can 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), smoking related products or packages or cartons of these items.

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

No smoking:

  • at and within 5 metres of public transport waiting points such as bus stops, taxi ranks, and ferry terminals
  • at or within 10 metres of campsites and public facilities at national parks such as:
    • picnic tables
    • toilet blocks
    • barbecues
    • visitor information centres
    • roofed shelters
    • jetties, boat ramps and landing stages
  • at or 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 (including the land around prescribed buildings and adjacent footpaths and nature strips)
  • at or within 10 metres of public skate parks and children’s outdoor playground equipment
  • at patrolled beaches between the flags
  • at public swimming facilities
  • at prescribed outdoor swimming areas (e.g. artificial beaches and lagoons)
  • at major sports or events facilities.

Smoking in vehicles

No smoking in vehicles

  • where children under the age of 16 years are present; or
  • used for business if anyone else is in the vehicle.

Eating or drinking venues

No smoking

  • anywhere inside eating and drinking venues such as pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes; or
  • at commercial outdoor eating or drinking areas.

Educational facilities

No smoking

  • at public or private schools or within 5 metres beyond their boundaries
  • at early childhood education and care facilities or 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

No smoking

  • at public hospitals and health facilities or private hospitals or within 5 metres beyond their boundaries
  • at public or private residential aged care facilities or 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, but not limited to:

  • 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 and on or near tobacco product vending machines
  • requirements for how information about smoking products is provided e.g. price tickets
  • no smoking product advertising, competitions, giveaways or entitlements
  • tobacco vending machines must be located in bar, casino or gaming machining areas only.