25 Sep, 2013 Last updated: 16 Nov, 2014

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) has welcomed further restrictions on smoking in public outdoor areas and limits on the promotion and display of tobacco products in Victoria.

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) has welcomed further restrictions on smoking in public outdoor areas and limits on the promotion and display of tobacco products in Victoria.

The State Government legislation, passed on Thursday, will be effective from 1 October 2014.

This bill will amend the Tobacco Act 1987 to prohibit smoking in public outdoor areas that children and young people commonly use for recreational and sporting activity.

Smoking will be banned:

• at outdoor children’s playground equipment
• at outdoor skate parks
• at outdoor areas within the perimeter of public swimming pools
• at outdoor sporting venues during under-age sporting events.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said these measures are reflective of a government that is committed to protecting Victorians from second-hand smoke and changing the social acceptability of smoking to prevent children from taking up the habit.

“Smoke free areas have multiple benefits for the community. They ensure clean air can be enjoyed by everyone, they discourage smoking as a normal public activity and also help people who have quit smoking to stay on track.

“These efforts are backed up by a longstanding partnership between VicHealth and the Victorian Government to support the activities of Quit Victoria with anti-smoking campaigns, research and cessation services.”

“These are all places where families and children gather, so it is important to keep them smoke free. Protecting children from smoking is an initiative that has strong support from the general Victorian community and from VicHealth and we congratulate the State Government for these initiatives.”