If you are under 18, you must not smoke tobacco, use or possess a tobacco product. It is against the law for anyone to sell cigarettes to you. This includes cigarettes that don’t 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 staff can ask you to provide valid ID. Valid ID includes:
If you are under 18 and caught with cigarettes, they can be confiscated by the police. The police may also:
You will probably be asked for ID first. The police cannot:
Anything confiscated from you will not be returned.
It is against the law to smoke in enclosed public places and workplaces in Tasmania. Enclosed places are places that have a roof, and are mostly surrounded by walls (even if there are doors or open passageways). This includes places you have to pay to enter (like a theatre).
Some examples of places where smoking is illegal are:
It is also illegal to smoke outside:
If you are caught smoking in such a place, unless there was no simple 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 cannot smoke in a car if there is someone younger than 18 in the car, or if you are driving as part of your job and anyone else is in the car. If you are caught, you can:
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