Under Victoria’s Tobacco Act 1987 (the Tobacco Act), smoking and the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) is prohibited in all enclosed workplaces and certain public spaces where members of the public gather.
This is because there may be exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke and the aerosol (vapour) from e-cigarettes.
Smoke-free and vape-free areas
Smoke-free and vape-free areas are important as they:
- protect the community from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, and the aerosol from e-cigarettes
- make smoking and vaping in the community less acceptable. The less people see smoking and vaping in public places, the less they will think it is okay, and instead, harmful
- support people who have quit or are trying to quit smoking and vaping.
Amendments to the Tobacco Act have extended the areas where smoking and vaping is banned across Victoria.
Smoke-free and vape-free areas include:
- outdoor dining areas
- entrances to:
- indoor children’s play centres
- public hospitals and registered community health centres
- certain Victorian Government buildings
- the grounds of, and entrances to:
- childcare centres
- 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
- patrolled beaches
- enclosed workplaces such as:
- enclosed shopping centres
- enclosed areas of of restaurants, cafes and licensed premises
- public transport vehicles and areas including:
- on all trains, trams and buses
- train stations
- tram-stop platforms
- tram and bus shelters
- under-age music or dance events.
Building entrances: smoke-free and vape-free
Victoria’s anti-smoking and anti-vaping laws have been expanded to cover the entrances to most public buildings in the state.
Children’s recreational areas: smoke-free and vape-free
Smoking and vaping is banned within 10 metres of outdoor recreational areas frequented by children and young people in Victoria.
Government buildings: smoke-free and vape-free
Smoking and vaping is banned within four metres of the entrances to certain Victorian Government buildings.
Learning environments: smoke-free and vape-free
Smoking and vaping is banned within the grounds of all Victorian childcare centres, kindergartens, preschools, and primary and secondary schools.
Outdoor dining: smoke-free and vape-free
Smoking and vaping is banned at all outdoor dining areas when food is available for consumption.
Outdoor drinking areas: smoke-free and vape-free
Smoking and vaping is banned in an outdoor drinking area that is within 4 metres of an outdoor dining area, unless separated by a wall of at least 2.1 metres high.
Patrolled beaches: smoke-free and vape-free
Smoking and vaping is now banned during patrolled times at all of Victoria’s patrolled beaches.
Train platforms and bus and tram shelters: smoke-free and vape-free
Smoking and vaping is now prohibited in all train stations, raised-platform tram stops and bus shelters throughout Victoria.
Under-age events: smoke-free and vape-free
Smoking and vaping is banned at all public music or dance events that are organised for or predominantly attended by people under the age of 18.
Reviewed 01 December 2022