2017 Tobacco Reforms

Smoking is off the menu!

From 1 August 2017, changes to the Tobacco Act 1987 will mean that smoking is banned at all Victorian commercial outdoor dining areas when food is available for consumption. This will include:

  •            premises such as restaurants, cafés, take-away shops and licensed premises, including courtyard dining areas and footpath dining;
  •            food fairs; and
  •            within 10-metres of a food stall or vendor at other organised outdoor events, including community or street festivals. 
Smoking will also be banned in an outdoor drinking area if any part of that area is within 4-metres of an outdoor dining area, unless separated by a wall of at least 2.1-metres high. 
To assist businesses and the community, the Department of Health and Human Services have developed a number of guidelines and fact sheets that explain the new laws and how to comply.

Further information and great fact sheets on smoke-free outdoor dining and other tobacco reforms available at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/tobacco-reform

Summary Sheet available to distribute to mainstreet businesses and traders newsletters – download here 2017 Tobacco Reforms

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