100% Locally Owned, Independent and Free

100% Locally Owned, Independent and Free

Three-month crackdown leads to haul of cigarettes and loose tobacco

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

New building doubles city centre’s residential capacity

The Maroochydore city centre will soon be home to about 300 more residents, after the opening of a two-tower development. The Corso Residential Apartments, by More

Group calls for mass changes at camping hotspot

A group of government, tourism and environment representatives has called for widespread changes to improve management of a booming camping destination. The Teewah and Cooloola More

New boardwalk opens along Coastal Pathway

A 160m section of beachfront boardwalk has opened to the public after nine months of construction. The Caloundra Headland boardwalk, near Kings Beach, has replaced More

Boy, 11, dies after collision between bike and bus

An 11-year-old boy has died following a bus crash in Buderim this afternoon. Preliminary inquiries indicate a bus was travelling along Jingellic Drive near Karawatha More

Ultimate field trip inspires students to consider further study

Two Sunshine Coast Year 12 students have seen where tertiary education can take them during the field trip of their lives, thanks to the More

Glamping retreat and century-old homestead for sale

A 20-hectare property with glamping sites and a 100-year-old homestead has hit the market. Kanimbia estate, at 27 Innalls Road at Obi Obi, has attracted More

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of illicit tobacco products have been seized by the Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit.

The health unit undertook 16 inspections of retailers suspected of illicit tobacco supply, from January to March, and issued seven on-the-spot fines.

This resulted in 384,930 cigarettes and 34 kilograms of loose tobacco being seized, worth $331,429.

The PHU received 36 complaints about potential breaches from the community during that timeframe.

The state government recently introduced the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products (Vaping) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2024.

The new reforms introduce new measures against the supply and commercial possession of illicit nicotine products, including vapes and their accessories.

Illicit nicotine products, including vapes and their accessories, from a raid in Queensland.

Minister for Health Shannon Fentiman said the government was striving to keep Queenslanders safe from dangerous nicotine products.

“Our Public Health Unit has delivered successful results in undertaking inspections and removing thousands of illicit cigarettes from our community,” she said.

“We know vaping is marketed towards our children, and our government is steadfast in our approach to keeping illicit nicotine out of the hands of young people.”

Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton said the haul was “fantastic news for our community.”

“Illicit tobacco and vapes are harmful for everyone, especially young Queenslanders.”

He said the laws were designed to protect Queenslanders and hold “those who choose to sell these illicit products to account.”

Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt said the state government was determined to keep illicit tobacco and vaping products “out of the hands of our young people”.

“We know these products carry all manner of harmful ingredients and it’s important we update laws to ensure we can continue to keep people safe,” he said.

Scroll down to SUBSCRIBE for our FREE news feed, direct to your inbox daily.

Subscribe to SCN’s Daily News

Hidden
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
[scn_go_back_button] Return Home
Share