Smoking, drinking and drugs

Smoking is a health hazard, and one of the leading causes of death and disease in Australia.

Information about tobacco and how to quit smoking is available from health professionals such as doctors and pharmacists. Information is also available from services such as Quitline on 13 7848 (13 Quit), or at www.quitnow.gov.au

Smoking is not permitted in cars where children are present and in most public places including offices, workplaces, shopping centres, hospitals, health clinics, entertainment venues and restaurants.

It is also illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to a person under 18 years of age.

Drinking alcohol is legal in Australia, but only in certain places at certain times. Guidelines for drinking alcohol recommend drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day.

It is against the law for any person to sell or supply alcohol to a minor. It is against the law for a person who is under 18 years to drink alcohol except on private property, such as a private home. Drinking alcohol is also prohibited in many public areas.

Australia has laws to prevent people having, selling or using some drugs. Breaking drug laws can lead to severe penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Drug laws in Australia distinguish between those who use illegal drugs and those who make a business of supplying, producing or selling them.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. If you drive after taking drugs or drinking alcohol, you could lose your driver’s license, be fined, go to jail or suffer all of these penalties. See also Chapter 8, Transport

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