From August 1, 2017, changes to the Tobacco Act 1987
(Tobacco Act) mean that residents can enjoy a smoke-free environment while eating out in all enclosed environments such a shopping centres, restaurants, licensed premises and gaming venues.
In addition, places frequented by children, enclosed environments, under-age ‘music/dance’ events and all covered areas of train station platforms and bus stops are also smoke free.
Smoke-free areas include:
- Entrances to indoor children’s play centres, public hospitals and registered community health centres and certain Victorian Government buildings
- The grounds of, and entrances to, childcare centres, kindergartens, preschools and primary and secondary schools
- Outdoor recreational areas, including playground equipment, skate parks and sporting venues during under-age sporting events
- Outdoor areas of public swimming pools
- Enclosed workplaces
- Train stations, tram-stop platforms and tram and bus shelters
- Under-age music or dance events
These laws have been enacted to help keep Victorian communities free from tobacco-related illnesses caused by second-hand tobacco smoke, as well as supporting people who have quit or are trying to quit smoking.
The council’s environmental health team are responsible for ensuring that all commercial or public premises are compliant with tobacco laws.
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