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Tobacco related legislation

Tobacco is regulated through the following State and Commonwealth legislation:

Legislative history

1970s

  • 1973 - first health warnings appear on cigarette packaging
  • 1976 - tobacco product advertising on television and radio is banned, except accidental or incidental.

1980s

  • 1985 - state and territory governments amend their legislation to include four new health warnings for tobacco product packaging
  • 1987 - smoking is banned on Australian domestic flights
  • 1988 - the Tobacco Products Control Act 1988 is passed in South Australia. Advertising at sporting events (some exemptions) is banned in South Australia
  • 1989 - advertising is banned in print media, for example magazines.

1990s

  • 1992 - the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 is passed by the Australian Parliament, eventually banning all forms of tobacco advertising, except point of sale advertising which is the jurisdiction of the states and territories
  • 1992 - The Australian Government makes major changes to the excise and customs duty on tobacco products and prices increase significantly
  • 1994 - the legal age for purchasing tobacco products is increased in South Australia to 18 years of age
  • 1994 - smoking on public transport is banned in South Australia
  • 1995 - The Australian Parliament amends the Trade Practices Act 1974 to ensure uniform labelling of health warnings on tobacco products
  • 1996 - smoking is banned on international flights
  • 1997 - the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 is passed in South Australia
  • 1999 - smoke-free indoor dining is introduced in South Australia.

2000s

  • 2004 - all enclosed workplaces and public places (except licensed hospitality venues) become smoke-free in South Australia
  • 2004/05 - restrictions are placed on the number of points of sale of tobacco products and separate retail tobacco licences are required for each premises in South Australia
  • 2005 - tobacco product advertising at point of sale is banned in South Australia
  • 2006 - nationally, graphic health warning labels for tobacco products are introduced
  • 2006 - the sale of fruit flavoured cigarettes is banned in South Australia. The sale of cigarette packets which can be divided into portions that contain less than 20 cigarettes is banned in South Australia
  • 2007 - the South Australian Government bans smoking in vehicles when children under 16 are present. Hospitality venues become completely smoke-free in all enclosed areas, including pubs, clubs, bingo venues and the Casino in South Australia. Further restrictions on the display of tobacco products, including the need to display a graphic health warning poster where products are on display and limiting the size of tobacco product displays area implemented by the South Australian Government
  • 2008 - including tobacco sales in customer loyalty schemes is banned in South Australia. There is a ban on the retail sale of tobacco via mail, telephone, facsimile transmission, internet or other electronic communication and purchases from all tobacco vending machines must have staff intervention in South Australia
  • 2009 - the display of tobacco products at temporary stalls is banned in South Australia.

2010s

  • 2012 - South Australian legislation bans the point of sale display of tobacco products in all retail outlets except specialist tobacconists. Smoking is banned in all South Australian covered passenger transport waiting areas and within within 10 metres of children's playground equipment. Local Councils and other bodies in South Australia are able to apply to have a certain area or event declared non-smoking. The Australian Government extends existing advertising restrictions to internet advertising of tobacco products. The Australian Government reduces the duty free allowance for tobacco products from 250 grams to 50 grams per person. Plain packaging of tobacco products and expanded graphic health warnings are introduced by the Australian Government. 
  • 2014 - exemption from point of sale display bans for specialist tobacconists in South Australia ends
  • 2016 - the South Australian Government bans smoking in all outdoor dining areas in which tables, or tables and chairs, are permanently or temporarily provided for the purpose of public dining.

 

Further information

For further information on tobacco related legislation, contact SA Health's Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia on telephone: (08) 7425 5000.

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