We have designated Smokefree Enforcement Officers who monitor and enforce the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 and the Smokefree Environments Amendment Act 2003. The Act regulates smokefree workplaces and public areas, the marketing and advertising of tobacco and promotion of tobacco products.
The Acts state that:
- the buildings and grounds of schools and early childhood centres are smokefree
- inside licensed premises (bars, restaurants, cafes, sports clubs, casinos) are smokefree
- all workplaces are smokefree indoors
- the display of tobacco products in retail outlets is restricted
- herbal smoking products are included in the restrictions
- it is illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 18 years
On 23 July 2012 the Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Act 2011 came into force, which prohibits the display of tobacco products at any sales outlet. Sellers of tobacco will need to make sure that tobacco products can not been seen by the public, both inside or outside their premises.
We also regularly complete 'controlled purchase operations' with premises who sell tobacco products. Controlled purchase operations involve volunteers under the age of 18 years who, within a safe environment, attempt to purchase tobacco products. We use this as a way to educate and teach tobacco retailers on the importance of asking for and checking identification of anyone purchasing tobacco.
If you feel there has been a breach of the Act you are welcome to call us and we will investigate your complaint.
You can read more about, and view the full Smokefree Environment Act on the Ministry of Health website. You can also download pamphlets relating to the Smokefree Environments Act from the HealthEd website.