The continuing decline of smoking rates across Victoria demonstrates the success of the state’s robust anti-smoking laws and policies to reduce the widespread harm caused by tobacco.
The tobacco reforms section contains information for businesses and the community about smoke-free areas and the laws relating to the sale, display and advertising of tobacco products.
It lists locations and events where smoking is banned, and includes factsheets, signage and other resources for the owners and operators of public facilities.
Ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas and regulation of e-cigarettes and shisha tobacco
The Tobacco Amendment Act 2016 has amended the Tobacco Act 1987 to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas and regulate e-cigarettes and shisha tobacco in the same way as other tobacco products.
These reforms commenced on 1 August 2017.
Information for businesses
Tobacco reform legislation and regulations
Since the Tobacco Act became law in 1987, it has undergone a number of amendments to increase tobacco controls in Victoria.
Tobacco laws - why they are needed
Increasingly tough anti-smoking legislation has contributed to the decline of smoking rates in Victoria, and to a growing awareness of the harm caused by tobacco smoke.
Smoke-free and vape-free areas
A growing number of public places in Victoria have been declared off limits to smoking through recent amendments to the Tobacco Act.
It is illegal for a retailer to sell tobacco products to a person under 18, or to display tobacco products or packaging anywhere on their premises.
Reviewed 22 August 2023