Tobacco education and information
Council is committed to reducing the prevalence of smoking within the community and works alongside the Department of Health to ensure that tobacco retailers, eating establishments, licensed venues and workplaces comply with the requirements of the Tobacco Act.
'No Smoking' at the beach
From 1 December 2012, smoking is banned at all patrolled beaches in Victoria. This includes the two patrolled beaches in the Borough: Henry Street Queenscliff and the Point Lonsdale back beach, Ocean Road.
Smoking is banned between the red and yellow flags and within a 50-metre radius of the flags. The 50-metre radius ban will not apply beyond the landward edge of the sand but will include the areas covered by sand and water. The ban will only apply during the busy summer season when the lifesaving flags and patrols are in place.
New No Smoking Bans:
'Children at Play' - Please don't smoke here.
From 1 April 2014 smoking will be banned outdoors within 10 metres of:
- Skate parks
- Public swimming pool grounds.
- Sporting venues during under 18's events.
The aim of the no smoking ban is to:
- reduce children's and young people's exposure to second-hand smoke at outdoor recreational and sporting venues
- reduce children's exposure to smoking behaviours (which may influence their behaviour as adults)
- commonly referred to as de-normalisation
- encourage smokers to quit smoking and prevent ex-smokers from relapsing reduce environmental damage from butt littering.
Why have these new laws been introduced?
The younger people start smoking, the more likely they are to become regular, addicted smokers, that is why taking action to discourage youth smoking uptake is important. Adults are role models for children and the more often children and young people see people smoking in different settings, the more likely they are to have view that smoking is socially acceptable and normal. Young children are also more susceptible to second-hand tobacco smoke than adults.
Surveys undertaken by Cancer Council Victoria's Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer have found the majority of respondents (over 80%) disapprove of smoking in areas where children are present. Consultation sessions undertaken by the Department of Health revealed strong community support for the new outdoor smoking bans.
How will the ban be enforced?
Compliance with the ban is primarily expected to occur through a public education and awareness campaign, signage and community expectations regarding smoking behaviour around children. Attitudes to smoking behaviours have changed. It is now widely accepted that most people disapprove of smoking around children and young people, which is likely to facilitate high voluntary compliance levels.
Complaints can be forwarded to Council concerning smoking in these prohibited areas which will be investigated.
For more information contact Councils Environmental Health Officer on 03 5258 1377 or visit the Victorian Department of Health's website.