Ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas

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 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 on the ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas, visit the smoke-free outdoor dining page.

For more information on the regulation of e-cigarettes, visit the retailers page. For more information about the regulation of shisha tobacco, visit the resources and factsheets 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 resources and factsheets page.

Further information for retailers, certified specialist tobacconists, and the certification scheme for specialist e-cigarette retailing premises will be made available shortly.

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Contact details

Contact details

  • Tobacco Information Line

    Department of Health & Human Services

    For information about tobacco control in Victoria

    • Telephone Number:1300 136 775