New smoking bans effective 13 April 2015
From 13th April 2015, smoking is banned:
- Within the grounds of, and at and within four metres of an entrance to all childcare centres, kindergartens and preschools and primary and secondary schools
- At and within four metres of an entrance to children’s indoor play centres, public hospitals and registered community health centres and certain Victorian Government buildings
Under the Tobacco Act 1987, smoking is now unlawful within these areas and could result in an infringement penalty of $147 (rate as of July 2014)
Why do the bans exist?
The purpose of the new smoking bans is to:
- Protect the community from exposure to second-hand smoke
- Further de-normalise smoking in the community. The more people seen smoking in public places the more they will tend to think smoking is ok, rather than harmful
- Support people who have quite or are trying to quit smoking
Where does the ban apply at hospitals and registered community health centres?
Smoking is banned within four metres of entrances (pedestrian access points) to public hospitals and registered community health centres. Public hospitals and registered community health centres may also have policies in place which further limit smoking in outdoor areas. Such a policy would apply in addition to the legislative ban.
Effective 1 July 2015, there will be no smoking permitted anywhere on Dianella premises.