Retailers must display health warnings and other notices in retail outlets where tobacco products, e-cigarettes or e-cigarette accessories are sold, including vending machines under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 and the Public Health (Tobacco) Regulation 2022.
Note: For more information in relation to legislative requirements for the compulsory health warning signs please refer to the
Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 and the
Public Health (Tobacco) Regulation 2022.
A health warning sign must be displayed so it can be easily seen at the point of sale of tobacco products. It must be clearly visible to customers, so no part of the sign should be obstructed. If there is no room on the wall, then the sign may be suspended from the ceiling. If you find that the standard sign does not fit in the space you have available, you may have your own sign made, long as it complies with these requirements:
The health warning is illustrated in Form 1 in Schedule 1 of the Public Health (Tobacco) Regulation 2022 and is shown below.
Retailers selling tobacco products, e-cigarettes or e-cigarette accessories are required to display a notice about sales to minors. The notice states that it is illegal to sell tobacco products or e-cigarettes to persons under the age of 18 years. This sign must be placed so it can be easily seen at the point of sale.
This sign must be clearly visible and clearly legible. The sign must be:
The sign is illustrated in Form 2 in Schedule 1 of the Public Health (Tobacco) Regulation 2022 and is shown below:
Retailers can put up a sign to let customers know which cash register is being used for tobacco sales as long as:
Tobacco vending machines may only be placed in restricted areas of liquor licensed premises such as in pubs, and in bar or poker machine areas of clubs. Tobacco vending machine operators are required by law to prominently display the Smoking Kills Call the Quitline 137 848 or 13 QUIT signage on the front of all tobacco vending machines with the following requirements:
The notice states that it is illegal to sell tobacco products or e-cigarettes to persons under the age of 18 years. The sign must be displayed on tobacco or e-cigarettes vending machines.
The sign must:
Compulsory signs are provided free of charge to retailers when they register for a free Retailer Identification Number via
Signs can also be ordered by emailing NSW tobacco control resources at
MOH-PopulationHealthResources@health.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1300 655 957.
For further information about tobacco control please see
Tobacco and Smoking Control in NSW or call the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412. The Tobacco Information Line can be accessed by non-English speaking persons via the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50.