If you are under 18 it is against the law for anyone to sell cigarettes to you. 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.
It is against the law to use a fake ID to buy cigarettes. You can be fined for doing so, and the police may confiscate the ID. 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.
In Victoria, it’s against the law to smoke in a smoke-free area. All enclosed workplaces are smoke free areas. Enclosed workplaces are places that have a roof, are mostly surrounded by walls (even if there are doors or open passageways), and where at least one person works.
Some examples of places that are usually enclosed workplaces are indoor areas of:
Certain types of outdoor areas are also smoke-free areas. These include:
If you are caught smoking in any of the above places you may:
You cannot smoke in a car if there is someone younger than 18 in the car. If you are caught you can:
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