Tobacco education and information
Council is committed to reducing the prevalence of smoking within the community and works alongside the Department of Health to ensure that tobacco retailers, eating establishments, licensed venues and workplaces comply with the requirements of the Tobacco Act.
Complaints concerning smoking in prohibited areas can be forwarded to Council for investigation. Please call Council on 03 5258 1377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a complaint.
For more information contact Council's Environmental Health Officer on 03 5258 1377 or visit the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services' website, health.vic.
August 2017: No smoking in outdoor dining areas
Under changes to the Tobacco Act 1987 that came into effect on 1 August 2017, smoking is banned in outdoor dining areas in Victoria.
This includes outdoor dining areas at hospitality venues, food fairs, and within 10 metres of food stalls and food vendors at organised events other than a food fair.
April 2014: Children at play - please don't smoke here
Under changes that came into effect on 1 April 2014, smoking is banned outdoors within 10 metres of:
- Skate parks
- Public swimming pool grounds
- Sporting venues during under 18s events
The aim of the smoking ban is to:
- Reduce children's and young people's exposure to second-hand smoke at outdoor recreational and sporting venues
- Reduce children's exposure to smoking behaviours (which may influence their behaviour as adults); commonly referred to as de-normalisation
- Encourage smokers to quit smoking and prevent ex-smokers from relapsing reduce environmental damage from butt littering
Why have these new laws been introduced?
The younger people start smoking, the more likely they are to become regular, addicted smokers. That is why it is important to take action to discourage youth smoking uptake. Adults are role models for children and the more often children and young people see people smoking in different settings, the more likely they are to have view that smoking is socially acceptable and normal. Young children are also more susceptible to second-hand tobacco smoke than adults.
Surveys undertaken by the Cancer Council Victoria's Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer have found the majority of respondents (over 80%) disapprove of smoking in areas where children are present. Consultation sessions undertaken by the Department of Health revealed strong community support for the new outdoor smoking bans.
How will the ban be enforced?
Compliance with the ban has been encouraged through a public education and awareness campaign, signage and community expectations regarding smoking behaviour around children. Attitudes to smoking behaviours have changed. It is now widely accepted that most people disapprove of smoking around children and young people, which is likely to facilitate high voluntary compliance levels.
December 2012: No smoking at the beach
From 1 December 2012, smoking is banned at all patrolled beaches in Victoria. This includes the two patrolled beaches in the Borough: Henry Street Queenscliff and the Point Lonsdale back beach, Ocean Road.
Smoking is banned between the red and yellow flags and within a 50-metre radius of the flags. The 50-metre radius ban will not apply beyond the landward edge of the sand but will include the areas covered by sand and water. The ban will only apply during the busy summer season when the lifesaving flags and patrols are in place.