Alcohol and other drugs: health professionals


The Department of Health leads population-level tobacco control strategies including:

  • Quitline telephone counselling service and Quit group counselling services
  • social marketing activities and public health warning campaign
  • remote and Aboriginal community education, prevention, engagement and cessation support programs
  • education, compliance and enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act 2002.

Go to the Northern Territory Government website for information on quitting smoking and tobacco and your health.

Tobacco Control Act 2002

The Tobacco Control Act 2002 aims to minimise the harms from smoking through:

  • restricting smoking in certain public places and workplaces
  • regulating packaging, advertising and sponsorship
  • removing from display tobacco and smoking products
  • regulating the conduct of premises at which tobacco is sold
  • prohibiting the sale and supply of tobacco and smoking products to children.

Read the Tobacco Control Act 2002

Read the Tobacco Control Regulations 2002.

Tobacco Control Act 2002 amendments

The NT Tobacco Control Act 2002 was amended in February 2019 to include the sale and promotion of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), heat-not-burn and all other devices (including their accessories) like those used for vaping, to be regulated as if they are a traditional tobacco product.

Changes came into effect on 1 July 2019.

The sale of these products will now require a Tobacco Retail Licence. The same restrictions that apply to the sale and consumption of tobacco will now apply to e-cigarettes and other ‘vaping’ products.

Changes include:

  • Use of e-cigarettes and similar devices in smoke-free areas is prohibited and carries the same penalty as tobacco products.
  • The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and similar devices such as vaping is not permitted in a private motor vehicle when carrying a passenger under 16 years of age.
  • All retail staff who sell tobacco products (including e-cigarettes and similar) must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Tobacco vending machines will no longer be allowed in areas of a liquor licensed premises where a child (someone under the age of 18 years old) or children supervised by a parent, guardian or spouse can enter or spend time there.
  • A 10 metre smoke-free buffer area from all boundaries, entry points and exits around public events and community facilities with correct indicative signage.

Learn more in these fact sheets:

Department of Health smoke free policy

The Smoke Free Policy is about providing a safe work environment for staff, protecting patients and visitors from environmental tobacco smoke, and providing help for staff and patients to quit smoking.

Tobacco Action Plan 2019-2023

Key documents:

The Tobacco Action Plan for the Northern Territory is a commitment to the prevention and reduction of tobacco related harm and commits to the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) benchmarks.

This document will reflect activities targeted at high risk and vulnerable groups in our community including:

  • Aboriginal peoples
  • young people
  • people with mental illness
  • women who smoke in pregnancy.

The action plan will guide the activities of the Department of Health, Top End Health Service and Central Australia Health Service.

Plan was released and is publically available since May 31 2019.

For more information, contact the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch on (08) 8999 2691, or email

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Last updated: 15 December 2016

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