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
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