A bill to ban the sale of cigarettes to Tasmanians aged under 21 is still "on the table", with US health experts expected to brief stakeholders this month.
Independent member for Windermere Ivan Dean was expected to introduce the legislation - a first in Australia - to the Upper House in August, but it was withdrawn due to a lack of support.
Mr Dean said he had spent the past few weeks consulting businesses, community groups and parliamentarians, with the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation expected to visit Hobart in October as part of a national tour highlighting the impact of tobacco 21 laws.
"I'm confident that by providing all stakeholders with the chance to discuss tobacco 21 with experts who have overseen implementation and tracked its impact in the United States, I will soon be in a position to have my second reading of this bill and secure bipartisan support for the proposed tobacco 21 laws," he said.
However, Tasmanian Small Business Council chief executive Robert Mallett said trying to compare US states where the legal drinking age was 21 with Tasmania was like comparing "apples and oranges".
Mr Mallet said results from the latest Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug survey - which showed 92 per cent of people who were underage sourced tobacco products from family or friends - made Mr Dean's bill irrelevant.
"There is nothing in the [proposed] law that does anything to discourage family or friends from giving tobacco products to people under age," he said.
"There is no penalty. So why have a law like under 18 even, if there isn't even a penalty. It makes no sense ... he needs to get rid of it."
Released on Monday, the ASSAD 2017 survey revealed 1800 Tasmanian students were current smokers in 2017, with 92 per cent obtaining cigarettes from family or friends.
Mr Dean said the report indicated more still needed to be done to reduce and prevent tobacco use among young people, with Tasmania's smoking rates continuing to under-perform compared to the rest of Australia.
"This is unacceptable. We have a duty of care to young people, who are more vulnerable to the effects of nicotine than any other adult age group," he said.
"Consultation is essential, and I want to make sure all stakeholders have an opportunity to be heard, obtain the evidence and understand the severity of issue at hand, without the tobacco industry and front group's interference."