New outdoor smoking bans
30 March 2015
The Victorian Government is introducing new outdoor smoking bans from 13 April 2015 which prohibit smoking within four metres of the entrance to all childcare centres, kindergartens, pre schools, primary schools and secondary schools in the state.
The bans are being introduced under the Tobacco Act 1987 to protect children and young people from the dangers of second hand smoke and to reduce the role modelling of smoking behaviours around children and young people.
Smoking bans will also be introduced from within four metres of the entrance to public hospitals, registered community health centres and some government buildings such as courts, parliament and police stations from 13 April 2015.
This to protect the community from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, further de-normalise smoking in the community and to support people who have quit or are trying to quit smoking.
Officers from Council’s Public Health Unit will assist people in our community to understand what the new smoking bans mean and why they are important to protect people’s health.
For further information on the new bans visit http://www.health.vic.gov.au/tobaccoreforms/
See also: Council’s Public Health Unit provides information and advice to businesses about the requirements of the Tobacco Act.
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