Selling tobacco products

Environmental Health Officers offer advice and help on all tobacco and smoking-related issues.

Council participates in tobacco test purchasing to check tobacco retailers aren’t selling cigarettes to people under the age of 18.

We also inspect a number of premises to make sure they obey the Tobacco Act 1987 and respond to all complaints about tobacco.

Current tobacco reforms in force:

  • A ban on smoking in cars with a person under 18 years
  • A ban on sale of cigarettes at temporary outlets (such as horse races)
  • A ban on certain fruit-flavoured cigarettes
  • A ban on display of tobacco products

Smoke-free areas

The latest amendments to the Tobacco Act 1987 have extended the areas where smoking is banned across Victoria. These smoke-free areas now include:

  • All enclosed workplaces and certain public spaces. 
  • Outdoors within 10 meters of playgrounds and skate parks, sporting venues during under 18s events and within public swimming pool grounds.
  • At schools and kindergartens, childcare centres, the Parliament of Victoria, public hospitals and registered community health centres, courts, police stations and certain Victorian Government buildings.

In August 2017, these smoke-free areas will be extended to include outdoor dining areas.

Tobacco sales and smoking

The Department of Health provides information about tobacco reforms including:

  • Tobacco retailers
  • Vending machines
  • Tobacco smoke in workplaces
  • Licensed premises
  • Outdoor dining/drinking