Selling e-cigarettes in SA - Retailer Factsheet
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Only one tobacco product vending machine is permitted per liquor licensed premises.
All tobacco vending machines placed into operation (no matter where they are located within the licensed premises) must have an appropriate staff intervention mechanism.
As of 31 March 2019, it is an offence to sell e-cigarette products from a vending machine.
A vending machine is defined in the Act as a ‘device from which a tobacco product can be obtained by the insertion of a coin, banknote or token’.
Tobacco dispensing machines, which are located behind some counters at retail outlets such as petrol stations, are not affected by the law banning unattended vending machines. Tobacco dispensing machines work via a manual locking mechanism operated by staff and do not require the insertion of a coin, banknote or token. Therefore they are not defined as a vending machine under the Act.
There are two main vending machine systems for operator assistance:
The maximum penalty for contravening this law is a fine of $10,000, an expiation fee of $500 can be issued.
For further information on the tobacco laws and vending machines, contact SA Health's Health Protection Operations on (08) 8226 7100.