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|Environmental Health Officers are responsible for enforcing the Tobacco Act 1987. Regular education visits are conducted by officers to Tobacco retailers, eating establishments and licensed premises to inform proprietors of their obligations under the act and to ensure compliance. |
For more information on Tobacco control reforms please contact Councils Environmental Health Team on 5760 2683.
| Victoria has extended outdoor smoking bans|
|From 13 April 2015, smoking is banned on the grounds of, and within four metres of an entrance to, childcare centres, kindergartens and preschools, and primary and secondary schools. |
Smoking is also banned within four metres of an entrance to children’s indoor play centres, public hospitals, registered community health centres and certain Victorian Government buildings. Victorian Government buildings include Government departments, courts and police stations.
These changes have been put in place to protect the community from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, further de-normalise smoking in the community, and support people who have quit or are trying to quit smoking. Second-hand tobacco smoke is particularly dangerous to children and young people because they have smaller airways and less developed immune systems compared to adults.
If someone is caught smoking after 13 April within smoke-free areas, they could be issued a fine by authorised officers under the Tobacco Act 1987.
Signs will be put at the entrance of buildings to which the new bans apply.
The bans do not apply to emergency exits that are locked to entry, or to a person:
• walking through the smoke-free area
• driving through the smoke-free area in a car
• in an area that is separated from the smoke-free area by a road
• in an outdoor dining or drinking area
• at a residential premises.
There is strong community support for banning smoking at public places, and we are also supportive these important laws.
We ask that you please respect the new bans and everyone’s right to a smoke-free environment.
For those who are considering quitting smoking, we suggest you contact the Quitline on 13 78 48.
For more information, visit: www.health.vic.gov.au/tobaccoreforms
| New Victorian Laws Ban Smoking Where Children Play|
|From 1 April 2014, smoking is banned at outdoor areas where children are playing, swimming or participating in sport. The bans aim to protect children and young people from second-hand smoke and make smoking less visible and so less socially acceptable to children and young people. |
Smoking is banned within ten metres (about two car lengths) of children’s playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor sporting venues during organised under 18s sporting events. The bans also apply to BBQ and picnic areas and car parks that are within the ten-metre radius.
Under the bans,
• Playgrounds include one piece of play equipment as well as a cluster of equipment
• Skate parks include areas designed for rollerblading, rollerskating, skateboarding, BMX bikes and non-motorised scooters
• Under 18s sporting events include pre-arranged matches, training or practice sessions and breaks during the event or training session where most of the people participating are under 18 years old.
Smoking is also banned within the outdoor areas of all public swimming pools in Victoria. This includes any outdoor dining and drinking areas.
Please support the new bans and respect everyone’s right to enjoy fresh air by not smoking at playgrounds, skate parks, children’s sporting events and public swimming pools. When necessary, authorised council inspectors may enforce the bans and issue a fine if someone breaks this law.
For more information on the statewide smoking bans where children play, visit: www.health.vic.gov.au/tobaccoreforms
View answers to frequently asked questions about the bans
Find out more about where smoking is banned (including diagrams):
at children’s playground equipment
at outdoor skate parks
at public swimming pools
during organised underage sporting events
View information on smoke-free children’s recreational areas in languages other than English.
View or order the campaign promotional materials.
View resources for swimming pool and sporting venue operators.
View the smoking ban signs that have been made available to local government.