The push to ban the sale of cigarettes to people aged under 21 in Tasmania is continuing.
Independent member for Windermere, Ivan Dean, wants a Legislative Council select committee to look at a bill which would lift the legal age for Tasmanians to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 incrementally over three years.
"I'd like to see it go to a select committee so people can talk about the issues," Mr Dean said.
"I don't care if it delays the bill, it is too important not to get up."
Mr Dean said he was uncertain whether Upper House members would support the establishment of the committee.
"There's nothing to say it will get up but it will ensure those opposing it will have all the information they need," he said.
Mr Dean said if there was an inquiry into his private members bill, the Public Health Amendment (Prevention of Sale of Smoking Products to Under-Age Persons) Bill 2018 (No. 45) he hoped it would report back to Parliament by mid next year.
SmokeFree Tasmania convenor Dr Kathryn Barnsley said an inquiry was important because the tobacco industry and retailers would be forced to answer questions on oath.
"We know individual retailers don't like selling the stuff, they don't want to be peddlers of death" Dr Barnsley said.
"There are 560 Tasmanians who die each year of smoking related causes and $15 million is spent on treating people with lung cancer and emphysema.
"An inquiry would throw more light on the whole issue for the public because so far all the meetings have been behind closed doors."
Ms Barnsley said about 6000 Tasmanians turned 18 each year and 600 were smokers which would have little impact on the 670 retailers selling cigarettes.
Small Business Council of Tasmania head Robert Mallett has strongly opposed Mr Dean's bill.
"It is bordering on prohibition," Mr Mallett said.
"If Mr Dean is successful in getting his inquiry underway he should in turn agree to bring the bill on for a vote irrespective of the outcomes of the inquiry.
"This should put the matter to rest once and for all."