Some types of products cannot be sold in Western Australia
Products that fall under these restrictions include:
- Food, toys or other products designed to resemble tobacco products or packages (candy or chocolate cigars/cigarettes, mints or lollies in a cigarette-like packet and electronic cigarettes).
- Cigarettes that are not sold in plain packaging.
- Fruit and confectionery flavoured cigarettes.
- Individual cigarettes or split packs (each cigarette packet must contain at least 20 cigarettes).
- Novelty lighters.
For tobacco retailers, there are a number of laws which must be followed when selling or supplying tobacco products.
- Retailers, wholesalers, and indirect tobacco product sellers must hold a valid retailer’s licence.
- A retailer’s licence will not be issued for the sale of tobacco products at sporting, cultural or other events.
- Tobacco products and implements must not be sold, supplied or delivered to children under the age of 18 years.
- Tobacco price boards must be no larger than A4 size and must be accompanied by a graphic A4 sized health warning.
- Tobacco products must not be displayed (display case doors must be shut at all times) unless reasonably open to serve customers or to re-stock shelves. Note: There is a limited exception for ‘specialist’ tobacconists in WA, which are allowed to have a small display.
Advertising and promotion of tobacco products
Commonwealth legislation prohibits the publication and broadcast of tobacco advertisements. Point-of-sale promotions are also prohibited by the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 (WA).
- A person must not display or broadcast a tobacco advertisement in a public place.
- Tobacco products must not be promoted through the use of free samples, competitions, awards, gifts, or prizes.
- Tobacco sponsorship of youth, cultural and sporting activities/events is prohibited.
- Tobacco purchases may not be included in loyalty schemes.