The use of tobacco and its supply is regulated by four federal acts. These are:
- Smoking and Tobacco Products Advertisements (Prohibition) Act 1989;
- Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992;
- Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Regulations 1993; and
- Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Amendment Act 2000
The states within Australia have their own tobacco laws.
The Tobacco Advertising Prohibition (TAP) Act 1992 was introduced to provide a national standard for tobacco advertising. However tobacco was still promoted via direct mail, the internet and at the point of sale.
Display of tobacco products at retail
Many states in Australia, have recently curtailed advertising at point of sale. In South Australia, the Tobacco Products Regulation Act controls tobacco sales, distribution, display, advertising and use of tobacco, including areas where smoking is prohibited. The Act was amended in October 2004 and extends previous legislation. It includes bans on tobacco advertising in public places and retail outlets bans on mobile display units. Free distribution of tobacco products is prohibited. Vending machines selling tobacco products are restricted to licensed premises only. Further restrictions came into force on 1 November 2007, these restrictions included point of sale tobacco display restrictions to 3 square metre + A3 graphic image OR 1 square metre plus A4 written warning and banning displays of cartons of cigarettes to no more than one packet of any particular product.
Smoking is prohibited in enclosed dining areas, enclosed public places and almost all enclosed workplaces. Pubs, clubs and casinos became smoke free on the 31st of October 2007, making all of Australia’s enclosed workplaces and public places smoke-free. Some jurisdictions have even legislated for smoke-free outdoor dining and outdoor areas.