If you are under 18, it is against the law for anyone to sell cigarettes to you. This includes herbs and other things that are smoked, even if they do not contain tobacco. Anyone who sells cigarettes to someone under 18 can be heavily fined.
It is also against the law for someone over 18 to buy cigarettes for you. Anyone who does can be fined.
Do I have to show ID?
If you’re buying cigarettes and you look like you might be under 18, the staff can ask you to provide valid ID. Valid ID includes:
Most staff will always ask you to provide ID if you look younger than 25. You cannot be forced to show ID by staff, but if you don’t, they probably won’t sell you cigarettes
Making or using a fake ID is usually against the law. For more information see our Fake ID page.
There is no law which says the police can confiscate your cigarettes just because you are under 18.
It is against the law to smoke in enclosed public places in the ACT. Enclosed public places are places that are open to the public, have a roof, and are mostly surrounded by walls (even if there are doors or open passageways).
Some examples of places that are usually enclosed public places are:
It is also against the law to smoke in outdoor eating or drinking places, like the outdoor areas of:
If you are caught smoking in such a place, the police can decide to:
You cannot smoke in a car if there is someone younger than 16 in the car. If you are caught, you can:
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