Tobacco control

Victorian tobacco reforms

From Tuesday, 1 August 2017 new tobacco reforms will ban smoking in outdoor dining areas, add restrictions around smoking in outdoor drinking areas and regulate e-cigarettes and shisha tobacco in the same way as other tobacco products.

What does this mean for me?

This means people will not be allowed to smoke in areas where food is served. 

This includes:

  • outdoor dining areas such as footpath dining areas, courtyards and balconies.
  • organised food events, such as a food festival or food truck event where the principal activity of the event is the sale or supply of food for consumption at the event
  • within 10 metres of outdoor food stalls and food vendors at any organised event such as festivals, fetes and farmers markets

Smoking will still be allowed in some outdoor drinking areas, however no meals will be served in these areas. Pre-packaged snacks in sealed containers such as potato crisps, nuts or chocolate bars may be consumed though. 

E-cigarettes and shisha tobacco regulations mean it will be illegal to: 

  • advertise or promote the product at the point of sale or outside the retail environment 
  • sell these products to minors
  • use these products in smoke-free areas
  • be displayed at the point of sale (exceptions apply)
  • sell these products from a temporary outlet

I’m hosting an event that includes food service. What does this mean for my event?

If your event is an organised food event, such as a food festival or food truck event where the principal activity of the event is the sale or supply of food for consumption at the event, then your event must be a smoke free event.

If your event isn’t food based, but has food stalls or food vendors then there must be no smoking within 10 metres of these vendors.

Detailed guidance materials, resources and advice are available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

What does this mean for my hospitality business?

The reforms are being introduced by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

The State Government and Council will work with all affected businesses to ensure a smooth transition to smoke-free dining and the regulation of e-cigarettes and shisha tobacco.

Detailed guidance materials, resources and advice are available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

What is Council’s role?

There is strong community support for the bans so it is expected that most people will voluntarily comply and expect others to.

Council’s first priority is to educate the community. Council has a role in enforcing the bans throughout Moonee Valley.

Should you have a particular concern about compliance please contact Council’s Environmental Health team on 9243 8888.

 

Previous tobacco reforms

Effective 13 April 2015, smoking was prohibited in Victoria within the grounds of, and within four meters of an entrance to:

  • Childcare centres
  • Kindergartens (or preschools)
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Indoor play centres (designed for use by children under 12 years of age)
  • Public hospitals
  • Registered community health centres
  • Certain Victorian Government buildings

Effective 1 April 2014, smoking was prohibited in Victoria within 10 meters at public outdoor areas where children play.

These bans include:

  • Playgrounds
  • Skate parks
  • Under 18 sporting events
  • Public swimming pools
  • Other areas (These bans also apply to barbecue and picnic areas, car parks and outdoor dining and drinking areas that are within the ten-metre radius of any children’s playgrounds, skate parks, under 18 sporting events and public swimming pools).
Last updated: Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 12:53 PM