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It is against the law for anyone to sell cigarettes to you if you are under 18.This includes herbs and other things that are smoked, even if they do not contain tobacco. Anyone who sells or gives cigarettes to someone under 18 can be heavily fined.
Do I have to show ID?
If you’re buying cigarettes and you look like you might be under 18, the shop assistant may ask you to provide Valid ID. Valid ID includes:
Most staff will ask you to provide ID if you look younger than 25. You cannot be forced to show ID by shop assistants, but if you don’t, they probably won’t sell you cigarettes.
It is against the law to use a fake ID to buy cigarettes. 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 and workplaces in the Northern Territory. Enclosed places are places that have a roof, and are mostly surrounded by walls (even if there are doors or open passageways).
Some examples of places where smoking is illegal are:
It is also illegal to smoke in outdoor areas where food or drink is served, like outdoor cafes and restaurants.
If you are caught smoking in any of these places, unless there were no signs or other easy way of knowing the place was a smoke-free area, you may:
It is up to the police whether to give you a warning or fine, but you can always choose to go to court instead.
You are not allowed to smoke in a car, where the car is on a public street or in a public place, and where a person under 16 is in the car.
This is a “strict liability” offence. That means it does not matter whether you knew the age of the person, so long as you are caught smoking whilst they are in the car, you can be charged and found guilty. The penalty for this offence is a fine.
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