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.
This page contains information for businesses and the community about other 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
On 21 May 2016, the Minister for Health announced that the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2016 would be introduced into the Victorian Parliament in the week commencing 23 May 2016.
The Bill will amend the Tobacco Act 1987 to:
- introduce a ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas; and
- regulate e-cigarettes, both those that contain nicotine and those that don't, in the same way as tobacco products.
These reforms will commence operation on 1 August 2017.
For more information the ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas, visit the Smoke-free areas page.
For more information on the regulation of e-cigarettes, visit the Tobacco retailers page.
Information for businesses
The Victorian Government is committed to working with all affected businesses to ensure a smooth transition to smoke-free dining and the regulation of e-cigarettes.
Ahead of the commencement of the changes to the Tobacco Act, detailed guidance materials, resources and advice will be available through the Tobacco Information Line and the Tobacco Reforms website.
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