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Smoking and Tobacco

Health impacts of smoking and environmental tobacco smoke

Reducing the harmful impact of smoking is one of the Victorian Government's highest priorities in its program to improve the health of all Victorians. Every year 4,750 Victorians die from smoking-related disease and more than 25,000 Victorians are hospitalised because of smoking-related illness. There is State Government legislation that regulates the sale and display of tobacco products and the reduction of environmental tobacco smoke. See more about the Tobacco Act

New reforms to the Tobacco Act

From 13 April 2015, smoking will be banned at learning environments and certain building entrances

Smoking has been banned at these building entrances to:

  • protect the community from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke
  • further de-normalise smoking in the community. The more people see smoking in public places the more they will tend to think smoking is okay, rather than harmful.
  • support people who have quit or are trying to quit smoking.

What’s changed?

Smoking has been banned:

  • within the grounds of, and within four metres of an entrance to, all Victorian childcare centres, kindergartens (or preschools) and primary and secondary schools
  • at and within four metres of Victoria public premises. Victoria public premises are all public hospitals and registered community health centres and certain Victorian Government buildings
  • at an entrance to children's indoor play centres.

The following diagram shows an example of where the smoking ban applies:

Shaded area around entrance of 4m

The 2015 changes to tobacco legislation are an addition to the April 2014 tobacco reforms that included smoking banned within 10 metres (about two car lengths) of:
  • children's playgrounds (including one piece of play equipment as well as a cluster of equipment)
  • skate parks (areas designed for rollerblading, rollerskating, skateboarding, BMX bikes and non-motorised scooters)
  • outdoor sporting venues during organised under 18s sporting events (includes pre-arranged matches, training or practice sessions and breaks during the event or training session where most of the people participating are under 18 years old
  • outdoor areas of all public swimming pools in Victoria
  • BBQ, picnic areas and car parks that are within the 10 metre radius.

More information on current Tobacco reform

Promoting a smoke free environment

Council officers support an educational approach to all State Tobacco reforms as well as a number of smoke free initiatives that include:

  • discounted Street Trading permits for those promoting smoke free dining experiences
  • smoke free Maroondah events
  • smoke free education packs to support Sporting Clubs promoting smoke free environments.

Need help to quit smoking?

It is never too late to quit smoking. Stopping smoking has major and immediate health benefits for people of all ages. There are programs available to support you through the quitting process.

To find out more visit:

Report a problem

If you would like to report a problem about smoking in inappropriate places or cigarette sales to minors email us. Please remember to include as many details about the situation as possible.

Further information


Tobacco reforms

Victorian Government Health Information Victoria has new outdoor smoking bans

Find out more about the latest tobacco reforms

Quit smoking

Smoking Quitline Quitline 13 78 48

Need help to quit smoking?

Visit quit.org.au

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