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Tobacco reforms

This site provides information about Victoria's anti-smoking initiatives comprising the regulation of the sale and display of tobacco products and reduction of environmental tobacco smoke through legislation.

From 1 April 2014, several changes to the Tobacco Act 1987 (the Act) will be made. This includes smoking bans at certain outdoor public areas and changes to specialist tobacconist certification.

The Tobacco Act 1987 can be viewed at http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/.

What's new

Children at play. Please don't smoke here. State Government Victoria

Smoking ban where children play

From Tuesday 1 April, 2014, smoking is banned outdoors within 10 meters of playgrounds and skate parks, sporting venues during under 18s events and within publich swimming pool grounds.

Read more about smoke-free children's recreational areas.

Supporting patients to be smokefree: An ABCD approach in Victorian health services

Supporting patients to be smokefree: an ABCD approach in Victorian health services is a Department of Health initiative that aims to support patients in Victorian health services to quit smoking.

Read more at Supporting patients to be smokefree: An ABCD approach in Victorian health services

Train stations, tram shelters and platforms, and bus shelters now smoke-free

From Saturday 1 March 2014, all areas of train stations and raised platform tram stops will be smoke free, increasing the comfort for customers who travel on Victoria’s public transport network.

The new arrangements will extend the existing smoke free zones, which already include covered areas of train platforms and under covered tram and bus shelters. The fine for smoking in a smoke free area on public transport is $212 for adults and $72 for children.

For more information about these bans, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.

Tobacco reforms affecting applications for specialist tobacconist certification

From 1 April 2014, applications for specialist tobacconist certification will close. This means from this date, a person will not be able to apply to have a premises certified as a specialist tobacconist and therefore will not be exempt from the tobacco product display ban.

See certified specialist tobacconists for further information on the changes to the law affecting applications for specialist tobacconist certifications.

Shopper loyalty and rewards schemes must now exclude tobacco product purchases

From 1 March 2013 tobacco products must be excluded from shopper loyalty and rewards schemes. This means tobacco product purchases must not count towards any benefits or rewards for buying behaviour. This includes rewards points, fuel discounts coupons or any other benefit.

Competitions, rewards and shopper loyalty schemes fact sheet

Victoria's patrolled beaches are now smoke-free

From 1 December 2012 smoking is banned at all of Victorias patrolled beaches in the area between the red-and-yellow lifesaving flags and within a 50 metre radius of a red-and-yellow flag.

The ban will apply during patrolled times, when one or more red-and-yellow flags installed by a Life Saving Victoria club are in place.

Under the Victorian Tobacco Act 1987 smoking is now unlawful within these areas and could result in being issued with an infringement penalty of up to $141.

Some councils have also introduced local laws that prohibit smoking in public outdoor places, including other beach areas. Check the signs when you get to the beach.

This ban will protect beach users from exposure to second-hand smoke, stop children seeing people smoke (which may influence their decision to smoke as adults) and reduce environmental damage from butt littering.

Smoke-free patrolled beaches brochure

Smoke-free patrolled beaches factsheet

Tobacco retailers including premises with vending machines

From 1 January 2011, retailers selling tobacco were banned from displaying tobacco products. Tobacco products must not be visible from anywhere inside or outside most retail outlets. Tobacco products are also banned from being displayed on vending machines.

  Tobacco retailers fact sheet

An exemption applies to on-airport duty free shops and certified specialist tobacconists. For further information please refer to Information for certified specialist tobacconists.

  Certified Specialist Tobacconist Fact Sheet

In August 2009, the Victorian Parliament passed the Tobacco Amendment (Protection of Children) Act 2009 to amend Tobacco Act 1987. These amendments include:

These laws, with the exception of the point-of-sale tobacco display ban, commenced on 1 January 2010. The point-of-sale display law commenced on 1 January 2011. Fact sheets are available below.

A copy of the Tobacco Amendment (Protection of Children) Act 2009 is available on the Victorian Legislation website.

  Fact sheet: Ban on smoking in motor vehicles if a person under the age of 18 is present

  Fact sheet: Ban on the sale of tobacco from temporary outlets

  Fact sheet: Ministerial power to ban certain products

  Fact sheet: Penalties and infringements