Smoke Free Environments

Council has a number of local laws which ban smoking for the health and safety of our community.

Local Law 3A - No Smoking in Playgrounds bans smoking in playgrounds in Monash.

Local Law No 4 - Prohibition on Smoking 

  • Makes it an offence to smoke at certain events, including events organised or sponsored by Council; and
  • Makes it an offence to smoke inside a building on Council land, within 10 metres of the entrance to such buildings, within 10 metres of a building on a reserve dedicated or used for outdoor cultural, sporting or recreational purposes, or on Council land.

Smoking is banned in areas commonly used by children and young people for recreational and sporting activities.  This includes within 10 metres of any of the following:

  • A children’s playground equipment that is an outdoor public place
  • A skate park that is an outdoor public place
  • A sporting venue that is an outdoor public place during an organised underage sporting event, including training or practice sessions and during breaks or intervals in play
  • An outdoor area of a swimming pool complex that is a public place

Tobacco sales to minors

Council participates in a statewide program aimed at controlling the sale of tobacco to persons under 18 years of age. Minors are employed to carry out ‘test purchasing’ of cigarettes from businesses and enforcement action is taken when businesses are caught selling tobacco to minors. 

If you wish to report a business that sells tobacco to minors, contact Council’s Public Health Unit on 9518 3555

Further information for Tobacco Retailers can be found on the Department of Health Website:
www.health.vic.gov.au/tobaccoreforms/retailers.htm

Information for tobacco retailers

From 1 January 2011, the display of tobacco products and packaging was banned in retail outlets. Retailers can still sell tobacco products, but the products and packaging must not be visible to the public from any where inside or outside the premises. Other important laws exist around the display of advertising material and health warning signs.  Educational visits are made to businesses that sell tobacco to inform them of their obligations in complying with the Tobacco Laws.

Information for Workplaces, Shopping Centres and Restaurants

For more information on how the bans apply to these areas, visit the Department of Health website

More information

For more information about the tobacco laws, contact the Tobacco Information Line on 1300 136 775 or visit the Department of Health website

Cigarette litter

It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1970 to litter and on the spot fines apply. To find out more information about litter, including cigarette butts, and how to report it,  visit the EPA Victoria website

Quit smoking

If you would like information about how to quit smoking, contact Quitline on 13 7848 or visit the Quit website.



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Last updated: 12 October 2015