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If you are under 18 Years old, 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.
It is against the law to use a fake ID to buy cigarettes. For more information see our Fake ID page.
The police can confiscate your cigarettes, or other smoking products (even if they don’t contain tobacco) if they think you are under 18. You will be asked for ID first. Anything confiscated from you will not be returned.
The police may also ask you:
If you are 14 or older, refusing to answer or lying to the police is against the law. You could be fined $100. The police can also tell your parents if you are found smoking, with cigarettes in your possession or trying to buy cigarettes while underage.
It is against the law to smoke in enclosed public places in Western Australia. 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). This includes places you have to pay to enter (like a theatre).
Some examples of places that are usually enclosed public places are:
It is also against the law to smoke outside:
If you are caught smoking in a smoke-free place you can:
It is up to the police whether to give you a warning or fine you, but you can always choose to go to court instead.
You cannot smoke in a car if there is someone younger than 17 in the car. If you are caught, you can be:
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