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 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

On 18 October 2016 the Tobacco Amendment Act 2016 received Royal Assent.  

The Tobacco Amendment Act 2016 will amend 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 will commence 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 Retailers page.

Information for businesses

The Victorian Government 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 will be available through the Tobacco Information Line and the Tobacco Reforms website from 1 May 2017.

To stay updated with the proposed laws, and with Victorian tobacco control news, subscribe to the Tobacco Control newsletter via the blue box on the right side of this page.

Contact details

Contact details

  • Tobacco Information Line

    Department of Health & Human Services

    For information about tobacco control in Victoria

    • Telephone Number:1300 136 775