Healthy living

Smokefree in vehicles with children

Smoking is prohibited in or on vehicles in Western Australia if a child under 17 is present

Smoking restrictions put into place on 22 September 2010 prohibit (ban) smoking in or on a vehicle if:

  • the vehicle is on a road
  • any other person in or on the vehicle is a child.

Terms explained

  • Child – any boy or girl who has not reached 17 years of age.
  • Vehicle – any thing used or capable of being used to transport people or goods on roads.
  • Road –any highway, road or street open to, or used by, the public and includes every carriageway, footway, reservation, median strip and traffic island on it and any parking area in a public place.

Who enforces the smoking ban in vehicles?

WA Police officers are responsible for enforcing this legislation in conjunction with the Department of Health.

Police officers may stop a vehicle and record the details of people who may have breached this law. They will then pass these details to the Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Branch for follow-up action such as a warning, infringement or prosecution.

Public support

There has been a very high level of public support for this legislation from the Western Australian public.

Penalties

If you smoke in or on a vehicle when a child under 17 was present then the following penalties (fines) may apply:

  • maximum court imposed penalty – $1000
  • infringement notice  – $200.

Translated information about smokefree in vehicles with children

Amharic – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 100KB)

Arabic
Arabic – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 157KB)

Burmese – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 74KB)

Chinese simplified
Chinese Simplified – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 102KB)

Chinese traditional
Chinese Traditional – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 154KB)

Croatian 
Croatian – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 130KB)

Farsi – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 167KB)

Greek 
Greek – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 199KB)

Bahasa Indonesian 
Indonesian – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 58KB)

Italian - Italiano 
Italian – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 57KB)

Korean 
Korean – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 162KB)

Portugese – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 59KB)

Spanish - Espanol 
Spanish – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 84KB)

Swahili – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 54KB)

Thai 
Thai – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 118KB)

Vietnamese 
Vietnamese – Smokefree in vehicles with children – fact sheet (PDF 140KB)

More information

Email the Tobacco Control Branch or phone 1300 784 892.

Remember

  • Smoking is prohibited in or on vehicles in Western Australia if a child under 17 is present.
  • WA Police officers are responsible for enforcing this legislation in conjunction with the Department of Health.

Acknowledgements

Tobacco Control Branch


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