Tobacco laws and businesses

In South Australia the sale, distribution, use of tobacco and areas where smoking is prohibited is regulated by the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997.

Information is available on the following areas:

Businesses where waterpipe products including shisha and hookahs, are sold or used

Waterpipe smoking is a traditional method of smoking tobacco around the world, with a variety of types and names including shisha and hookah. Waterpipes and waterpipe products are covered under the definition of 'tobacco product' in the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 as they are designed for smoking. Even waterpipes that do not contain tobacco are classified as a 'tobacco product' under the Act.

The smoking of waterpipes cannot occur in enclosed areas or in outdoor areas where outdoor dining laws apply. These are the same laws that apply for tobacco products.

  • Failure to comply with relevant laws will result in penalties and/or loss of licence.

Smoke-free workplaces

Workplace exposure to passive smoking is a significant occupational health and safety hazard. Smoking is banned in all enclosed workplaces. A smoke-free workplaces guide (PDF 2.81MB) has been developed to assist in workplaces to meet the legal requirements and to support workplaces wishing to go beyond the legislative requirements. The SA Health Healthy Workers – Healthy Futures initiative has been developed to assist employers in making their workplaces smoke-free.

Further information

For further information on the tobacco laws, contact SA Health's Health Protection Operations by:

Useful links

Government websites

Department of Health and Ageing, Commonwealth

ACT Health

Department of Health and Community Services, Northern Territory

NSW Health

Queensland Health

Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania

Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

Department of Health, Western Australia

Australian websites


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