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Smoking is off the menu with new reforms

10 Jul 2017

Legislation covering smoking in outdoor areas where food is eaten takes effect throughout the City of Whitehorse from 1 August 2017.

Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Denise Massoud said the state-wide tobacco reform legislation is a welcome move designed to make outdoor dining a more pleasurable experience.

“This reform means smoking is now banned in outdoor dining areas at hospitality venues, such as footpaths or courtyards where food is eaten. Whitehorse boasts many fine cafes and dining venues where patrons can sit outside and enjoy themselves and this legislation ensures those areas are kept smoke free,” Cr Massoud said.

The legislation, outlined in the Tobacco Amendment Act 2016, states that:

  • Smoking is banned at premises such as restaurants, cafés, take-away shops and licenced premises, including courtyard dining areas and footpath dining.
  • Smoking is banned within 10 metres of a food vendor at organised outdoor events.
  • Smoking is banned in an outdoor drinking area that is within 4 metres of an outdoor dining area, unless separated by at least a 2.1 metre high wall or a 4 metre buffer zone between an outdoor dining and drinking area. 

“These measures will be put in place to protect the community from the harmful effects of passive smoking and to ensure smoking is not considered a normal behaviour. This is particularly important for discouraging children from taking up smoking,” Cr Massoud said.

The legislation also aims to support people who have recently quit smoking or who are trying to quit smoking by removing smoking visual cues and triggers.

For more information on the new legislation and guides for businesses and event organisers, visit www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/tobacco-reform

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