Tobacco and electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) retailing laws in NSW regulate the advertising and display of tobacco products, e-cigarette and e-cigarette accessories, non-tobacco smoking products, and ban the supply of these products to children. These laws aim to reduce the uptake of smoking, particularly by young people.
Tobacco and e-cigarette retailing laws in NSW are in the
Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 and the
Public Health (Tobacco) Regulation 2022.
Key requirements in the legislation include:
Retail businesses that sell tobacco, non-tobacco smoking products or non-nicotine e-cigarettes and accessories must notify NSW Health before commencing any operations.
Pharmacies that wish to dispense nicotine vaping products on prescription must now also register.
Retailers must register their business details, which they can do via the free on-line
Service NSW .
Once registered, the retailer will be issued with a retailer identification number. Retailers need to provide this number to tobacco wholesalers in order to obtain tobacco products.
For more information, visit Frequently asked questions about Retailer Identification Number.
NSW Health inspectors monitor compliance with the legislation. Inspectors educate retailers and can issue warnings, fines or initiate prosecutions against retailers that break the law.
For more information see
Penalties and enforcement.
To learn more about your responsibilities under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 and what you must do to comply with the law, visit our online training. It was designed to support NSW tobacco and e-cigarette retailers and sales staff to comply with tobacco and e-cigarette retailing laws when selling tobacco, non-tobacco smoking products, e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories.
For more information see our online training for tobacco and e-cigarette retailers:
Selling Tobacco Responsibly.