New smoking reforms

The Queensland Government has introduced new laws that strengthen Queensland's controls on smoking and vaping.

The new laws improve oversight of smoking product supply and increase smoke-free public places.

When do the changes start

The new smoking laws are being phased in to provide time for community education and business preparation.

New controls on supplying smoking products – Start 2 June 2023

  • Retail supply or possession of illicit tobacco is an offence.
  • Parents and guardians cannot legally supply smoking products to children.
  • New controls on retail advertising and display of smoking products.

New smoke-free areas – Start 1 September 2023

  • New smoke-free buffers apply at outdoor eating and drinking places.
  • Outdoor markets will become smoke-free places.
  • All school carparks are required to be smoke-free.
  • Under 18 organised outdoor recreational events must be smoke-free.

New controls for smoking areas at liquor venues - Start 1 July 2024

  • Smoke-free restrictions at pubs and clubs will be extended.
  • Children cannot remain in a smoking area at a liquor licensed venue.

New controls on supplying smoking products (licensing) – Start 1 September 2024

  • Retailers and wholesalers of smoking products must have an approved licence.
  • Tobacco vending machines must be in staff-only areas at liquor licensed premises.
  • Children must not be employed to supply or handle smoking products.
    • Small business with less than 20 staff have until 1 September 2025 to comply with this requirement.

Information for suppliers of smoking products

Requirements for smoking product businesses are changing. It is important that you stay up to date on what the changes mean for your business and how to comply.

The Retailer factsheet, and updated Smoking Products Retailers Guide include information to help your business understand new and existing smoking products supply requirements. The Retailer factsheet is available in a range of languages, you can view a version of the factsheet in your language here.

More information and links, including how to apply for a licence before unlicensed trading becomes an offence, will be made available on this website. Bookmark this page and visit for updates as they become available. Subscribe to receive updates by email.

Signage for smoke-free public places

You can order free signage for new and existing smoke-free public places by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Reporting a possible breach of smoking laws

You can report a possible breach of current and new smoking laws including the supply of illicit tobacco products.

More information

If you would like further information or have questions, email the Smoking Reduction Reform team at