SMOKING in outdoor dining areas will be banned from August 1.
The Victorian government made the changes to ensure Victorians can enjoy a meal outside without being subjected to second-hand smoke.
The ban will cover all outdoor dining areas at restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licensed premises.
The rule aims to reduce the visibility of smokers, reduce uptake of smoking by young people and support smokers to quit for good.
“We know that smoking kills, and we know that second-hand smoke puts the health of non-smokers at risk. These new bans will ensure all Victorians can enjoy a meal outside with their family and friends,” Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said.
“It’s important businesses have enough time to prepare for these changes. We want to work with businesses and consult with them to ensure this important reform is introduced and implemented effectively.”
Community support for smoke-free outdoor dining continues to rise, with the latest Cancer Council Victoria research showing 73 per cent of Victorians support the ban.
The state government said they are committed to reducing the harm caused by tobacco and will continue to identify further opportunities for reform.
Bans are enforced by local governments, and individuals caught smoking face on-the-spot fines of $152, with a maximum penalty of $758.