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December 2012

Legislation bans smoking on the beach

Smoking has been banned within the designated areas of all of Victoria’s patrolled beaches.

Banned areas are between the red-and-yellow lifesaving flags and within a 50 metre radius of the red and yellow flags.

Under the Victorian Tobacco Act 1987 an infringement penalty of up to $141 can be issued.

Several councils introduced earlier local laws prohibiting smoking at beaches.

These local laws will continue to apply to the remainder of the beach and may also apply when there are no red-and-yellow lifesaving flags erected on the beach.

People are encouraged to check the signs.

To support the introduction of the new statewide ban, which came into effect on December 1, the Department of Health has developed a range of information and tools to explain the ban and help smokers wishing to quit.

•             For further information visit www.health.vic.gov.au/tobaccoreforms.