Smoke-free zones aim to protect the community from the known health impacts of second hand smoke, raise community awareness of the health benefits of being smoke free, improve public amenity, encourage a reduction in smoking and reduce tobacco related litter.
There are a number of key places that are already smoke free under Victorian tobacco legislation such as train stations, tram stops, tram and bus shelters and outdoor dining areas of food venues. The Smoke-Free Outdoor Policy extends smoke free areas to include footpaths, walkways, plazas and other public open spaces.
Smoke free zones won’t include private homes or businesses that permit smoking in designated areas under current State Government legislation.
Where are the smoke free zones?
We have created smoke free zones in and around the main street in three of our activity centres: Carnegie, Bentleigh and Elsternwick. These areas are some of our busiest, high-traffic places where second hand smoke can be a concern for community members.
The following places are also required to be smoke free under the Tobacco Act 1987:
- at enclosed restaurants, cafes and dining areas of hotels
- at licensed clubs
- at shopping centres
- in enclosed workplaces
- in a motor vehicle, if anyone under 18 is present
- at patrolled beaches
- at outdoor public children’s playgrounds, skate parks and sporting venues during organised under-age sporting events
- at under-age music or dance events
- at outdoor areas within public pool complexes
- within the grounds of, and within four metres of entrances to, childcare centres, kindergartens, pre-schools, and primary and secondary schools
- within 4 metres of entrances to children’s indoor play centres
- within 4 metres of entrances to public hospitals and registered health centres
- within 4 metres of entrances to certain Victorian Government buildings
- in courts or police stations
- at train stations, tram platforms, or tram and bus shelters.
What are the benefits of smoke free zones?
Smoke free zones aim to protect the community from second hand smoke, creating a healthier, safer space for everyone. Smoke free zones also help promote non-smoking behaviour and provide a supportive environment for people who are trying to quit, or who have recently quit.
Smoke free zones will also benefit our local traders who are able to promote and share in a local environment that is healthier and inviting for customers, other businesses and visitors.
How will the smoke free zones be enforced?
We are looking to develop a local law that will complement existing State Government legislation. In the meantime, the most important component of the smoke free zones will be working together with all community members and businesses who use and visit our activity centres, letting people know the benefits of smoke free environments and inviting people to avoid smoking in these spaces.
Why should I choose not to smoke in a smoke-free zone?
Council’s smoke free zones are marked with signs that let shoppers and visitors know where the boundaries are. Choosing not to smoke in these areas is an important way to protect the health of other community members and support those who are seeking to quit, or who have recently quit.