Smoking is the largest contributor to preventable death in Australia and is known to increase the risk of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and many other illnesses.
According to the Victorian Population Health Survey 2014, Banyule has one of the smallest proportions of current smokers out of the 79 Local Government Areas with 8.6% of the adult population identified as current smokers.
Banyule Council adopted its Smoke Free Outdoor Areas Policy on 4 March 2013. The policy demonstrates Council's commitment to improving the health of the community by limiting their exposure to second-hand smoke and reducing cigarette butt litter.
In Victoria the Tobacco Act 1987 bans smoking in a number of locations both inside and outdoors, to protect everyone from the dangers of second hand smoke. Smoke free locations include:
- Enclosed workplaces, eating establishments, shopping centres, licenced premises
- Areas commonly used by children and young people for recreational and sporting activities including playgrounds, swimming pools, skate parks
- Within the 4 metres of childcare centres, kindergartens, schools, indoor play centres, public hospitals, registered community health centres and certain Victorian Government buildings.
and From 1 August 2017
- Outdoor dining areas at hospitality venues (eg footpath dining, courtyards, balconies);
- at food fairs;
- and within 10 metre of food stall and food vendors at organised events.
The Tobacco Act 1987 also controls the sale and display of tobacco and tobacco related products and from 1 August 2017, this will include e-cigarettes and shisha tobacco. Retailers must comply with health warning signs, display requirements, tobacco advertising and age requirements.
Officers from Council’s Health Services Unit enforce tobacco legislation and promote public health in our local community. Part of this is through the participation in the Sales to minors program. This is a State-wide program aimed at controlling the sale of tobacco to minors (persons under 18 years of age). Educational visits are made to businesses that sell tobacco to inform them of their obligations in complying with the Tobacco Laws. We also employ minors to carry out ‘test purchasing’ of cigarettes from businesses, with infringement notices issued to businesses that are selling tobacco to minors.
For more information about Victorian tobacco laws call the Tobacco Information Line on 1300 136 775 or visit visit the Tobacco Reforms website.
Businesses can order free copies of signs and download fact sheets from the Tobacco Reforms website.
If you would like more information about how to quit smoking contact Quitline on 13 7848 or visit the Quit website.