There are specific rules relating to sale of smoking related products from tobacco vending machines.
Tobacco vending machines may only be in liquor licensed premises at:
- bar areas (within five metres of the bar and use of the machine is able to be easily observed by staff behind the bar); or
- gaming machine areas (within one metre of a gaming machine and able to be easily observed by staff); or
Smoking product retailing laws state that:
- a tobacco product vending machine may only display price tickets or another indicator of price (such as an electronic display) in accordance with the requirements of the regulation
- the display and advertising of a smoking product in or on the tobacco product vending machine is banned
- a mandatory sign must be displayed on the front of the vending machine or near the machine and must be easily visible to a person purchasing a tobacco product
- a business name cannot contain anything about the price of smoking products
- tobacco products must not be obtained by children (under 18) and the licensee must take measures to ensure their employees also take reasonable steps to ensure this (see training) ; and
- personal vaporisers, personal vaporiser-related products, herbal cigarettes or a loose smoking blend cannot be supplied through a vending machine.
The requirements for the mandatory sign that must be displayed by all smoking product retailers changed on 1 September 2021.
If a supplier immediately prior to 1 September 2021 displayed a mandatory on the front or near a tobacco vending machine that complied with the Tobacco and Other Smoking Product Regulation 2010 (now expired), this sign can remain until it needs to be replaced or 1 September 2023, whichever is earlier.
The new mandatory sign is available for free by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
The Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Regulation, sets out requirements for price tickets at tobacco product vending machines, including size, form, colour and the information that can be included.
From 1 March 2022, there will be a new requirement for tobacco product price tickets to use the same spacing between words and letters as price tickets all other tobacco products being sold from the vending machine.
For further information about the specific requirements for price tickets in Queensland, download the Laws for retailing smoking products booklet.
A licensee must train their employees about preventing child access to the tobacco product vending machine. This training is required by law.
This employee training must
- instruct staff to take reasonable steps to ensure that a child does not obtain a tobacco product from the machine, and to sight acceptable evidence of age for a person before selling a smoking product to them, unless staff are satisfied the person is an adult; and
- obtain written acknowledgement from each employee that they have received the instructions and warning.
The Employee Training Acknowledgement form is used to show written evidence of this training. This form can also be requested by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
Sample smoking management plan
Laws for retailing smoking products – Requirements for retailers
Explanations and definitions for retailers about the laws for selling smoking products in Queensland