Smoke-free areas are important as they:
- protect the community from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke
- make smoking in the community less acceptable – the less people see smoking in public places the less they will tend to think it is okay, rather than harmful
- support people who have quit or are trying to quit smoking.
Amendments to the Tobacco Act have extended the areas where smoking is banned across Victoria. Smoke-free areas include:
- entrances to indoor children’s play centres, public hospitals and registered community health centres, and certain Victorian Government buildings
- the grounds of, and entrances to, childcare centres, kindergartens, preschools and primary and secondary schools
- outdoor recreational areas, including playground equipment, skate parks and sporting venues during under-age sporting events
- outdoor areas of public swimming pools
- patrolled beaches
- enclosed workplaces
- train stations, tram-stop platforms and tram and bus shelters
- under-age music or dance events.