Tobacco Reform

This page provides information about Victoria’s anti-smoking initiatives, from the Victorian Department of Health website Click Here for more information, as well as the Warrnambool City Council Smoke Free Outdoors Policy.

Tobacco Reforms to Protect Victorian Children

From 1 April 2014, smoking will be banned at areas commonly used by children and young people for recreational and sporting activities.
Under the Tobacco Act 1987 (the Act) smoking will be banned:

  • at or within 10 metres of children’s playground equipment that is an outdoor public place

 

  • at or within 10 metres of a skate park that is an outdoor public place

 

  • at or within 10 metres of a sporting venue that is an outdoor public place during an organised underage sporting event, including training or practice sessions and during breaks or intervals in play
  • in an outdoor area of a swimming pool complex that is a public place.

The bans will build upon and complement those implemented in December 2012, which prohibit smoking at all Victorian patrolled beaches. The bans have strong community support.

There have also been several other changes to the Act to further restrict the promotion and advertising of tobacco. These include removing the ability to apply to become a certified specialist tobacconist, which are exempt from the tobacco product display ban.

Further information on the new outdoor smoking bans can be found at the Smoke-free children’s recreational areas section of this site.
The Tobacco Act 1987 can be viewed at http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/

Smoke Free Children’s Recreational Areas.

From 1 April 2014, smoking will be banned at areas commonly used by children and young people for recreational and sporting activities.

Under the Tobacco Act 1987 (the Act) smoking will be prohibited within 10 metres of outdoor public children’s playground equipment, skate parks, and sporting venues during organised underage sporting events, as well as in outdoor areas of public swimming pool complexes.

The objectives of the outdoor smoking bans are to:

  • provide children and young people with a healthy, smoke-free environment in which to play
  • limit exposure to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke (second-hand smoke)
  • reduce the normalcy and social acceptability of smoking behaviours
  • support smokers who are trying to quit and those trying to cut down.

The Act can be viewed at Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents.

Download Documents

Information sheets about the new bans can be downloaded below.

  Ban on smoking at children’s playground equipment – Fact sheet

  Ban on smoking at outdoor skate parks – Fact sheet

  Ban on smoking at public swimming pools – Fact sheet

  Ban on smoking during organised underage sporting events – Fact sheet

  Children at play. Please don’t smoke here. – Poster

  Children at play. Please don’t smoke here. – Brochure

  Children at play. Please don’t smoke here. – Palm card

Victoria’s patrolled beaches are now Smoke Free.

From 1 December 2012 smoking is banned at all of Victoria’s patrolled beaches in the area between the red-and-yellow lifesaving flags and within a 50 metre radius of a red-and-yellow flag.

The ban will apply during patrolled times, when one or more red-and-yellow flags installed by a Life Saving Victoria club are in place.

Under the Victorian Tobacco Act 1987 smoking is now unlawful within these areas and could result in being issued with an infringement penalty of up to $141.

Some councils have also introduced local laws that prohibit smoking in public outdoor places, including other beach areas. Check the signs when you get to the beach.

This ban will protect beach users from exposure to second-hand smoke, stop children seeing people smoke (which may influence their decision to smoke as adults) and reduce environmental damage from butt littering.

Smokefree Beach

 Smoke Free Patrolled Beaches Brochure

 Smoke Free Patrolled Beaches Factsheet

 

WCCSmoke Free Outdoors Policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline Council’s approach in the fight against harmful impact of tobacco on community health and wellbeing. The leading cause of preventable death in Victoria is smoking.

The rates of smoking in Warrnambool are higher than the State average. The 2008 Victorian Population Health Survey indicates that of Warrnambool adults over 18 years, 23.1% of males and 19.9% of females smoked (21.4% males / 16.9% females – Victoria).

Warrnambool City Council has prioritised the goal of reducing tobacco use in its 2013 – 2017 Health & Wellbeing Plan. This policy will contribute to achieving that goal.

Click here to view the WCC Smoking Policy.