Tobacco Act changes affect local food businesses

Monday, 19 June 2017

Under changes to the Tobacco Act 1987 that will come into effect on 1 August 2017, smoking will be banned in outdoor dining areas in Victoria.

This includes outdoor dining areas at hospitality venues, food fairs, and within 10 metres of food stalls and food vendors at organised events other than a food fair.

These changes will impact anybody who currently runs, or plans to run, a business or event that provides outdoor eating areas.

To help local operators adjust to the changes, the Borough of Queenscliffe is in the process of informing businesses and updating relevant Permits and Guidelines to comply with the new requirements.

‘Council’s Environmental Health and Events Officer is happy to guide people through the changes to the Tobacco Act and the way these will affect businesses and events. Please call us on 5258 1377 if you would like to discuss the changes to the Tobacco Act in relation to your business,’ said Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Councillor Tony Francis.

Further information and resources for businesses are available on the Tobacco Reforms page of the health.vic website here.