Tobacco laws and businesses
Information is available
- smoke-free outdoor dining laws
- obtaining or renewing a retail tobacco licence
- requirements for retail sale of tobacco
- enclosed areas
- the use of tobacco products in artistic performances
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.
- All businesses that sell waterpipes or waterpipe products including shisha and hookah products, must hold a current Retail Tobacco Merchant's Licence.
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- Failure to comply with relevant laws will result in penalties and/or loss of licence.
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.
For further information on the tobacco laws, contact SA Health's Health Protection Operations by:
- Email: HealthProtectionOperations@sa.gov.au
- Phone: (08) 8226 7100
Department of Health and Ageing, Commonwealth
Department of Health and Community Services, Northern Territory
Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
Department of Health, Western Australia
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