New Tobacco Laws/Queensland
By law and popular demand the Queensland Government has introduced the toughest anti-smoking
laws among nations.. Final changes took effect on 1 July 2006.The new laws will benefit patrons,
staff, smokers trying to quit and will improve the environment for everyone.
Summary of tobacco laws
In 2001, significant changes were made to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998
of Queensland to address the impact of tobacco smoking on the community. This was a first step.
A review of the tobacco laws was carried out in early 2004. Consultation with industry and
the public resulted in more than 1,300 submissions. The Review informed the drafting of new
tobacco laws under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Amendment Bill 2004, which was
passed by Queensland Parliament on 11 November 2004.
The new$B!!(Btobacco laws put in place the toughest and the most comprehensive smoking bans in
Australia, and will greatly contribute to reduce the public exposure to environmental tobacco smoke,
and support smokers to try to quit, and discourage young people from taking up the habit.
The new laws commenced in phases between 1 January 2005 and 1 July 2006 and include:
- no-smoking anywhere inside pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces
- no-smoking in commercial outdoor eating or drinking areas
- no-smoking in outdoor public places such as patrolled beaches, children$B!G(Bs playground,
major sport stadiums and within 4 meters of non-residential building entrances
- no sales of tobacco products to children under 18 years of age
- mandatory training of employees who sell tobacco
- mandatory no-smoking and quit smoking sign
- restrictions on how tobacco products can be displayed at retail outlets
- no tobacco advertising or competitions
- tobacco vending machines must be located in bar or poker machine areas only.
- This page last updated: June 2006
Review date: September 2006
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The article was written and photographs were taken by Dr. Junhaku Miyamoto, in May 2007.