By law, smoking is banned within 10 metres of outdoor sporting venues during under 18s events in Victoria from 1 April 2014.
Reference - Victorian Government Department of Health
Where does the ban apply?
Smoking is banned within 10 metres (about two car lengths) of a sporting venue that is an outdoor public place during an organised underage sporting event. This includes training or practice sessions to prepare for an organised underage sporting event, and breaks or intervals during the course of the event, training or practice session.
The ban applies to outdoor dining and drinking areas within 10 metres of an outdoor public sporting venue during an organised underage sporting event or training session.
The following diagrams shows an example of where the ban applies:
Why does the ban exist?
To protect children and young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke. Outdoor playground equipment attracts families with children and young people. This ban creates a smoke-free place where children and young people can enjoy themselves without being exposed to harmful second-hand tobacco smoke. Second-hand tobacco smoke exposure is particularly dangerous for children and young people because they have smaller airways and less developed immune systems compared to adults. To reduce the role modelling of smoking behaviours around children and young people Children and young people are more likely to view smoking as socially acceptable when they regularly see people smoking. Banning smoking in areas used by children and young people will help to de-normalise smoking behaviour and discourage children and young people from taking up smoking.
Where does the ban not apply?
The ban does not apply to a person:
How will people know about the ban?
An education campaign, including announcements in the media, and newspaper and radio advertising will inform the public of the new law. Signs may also be displayed in the smoke-free area.
How will the ban be enforced?
There is strong community support for banning smoking at public places regularly attended by children. This means most people will voluntarily comply with the smoking ban and expect others to do so.
Inspectors authorised under the Tobacco Act 1987 may also provide information about and, when necessary, enforce the ban and issue a fine. The first goal of the inspectors is to make sure smokers understand the ban.
Inspectors may not be available to respond to every complaint, but where circumstances allow, may attend in response.
What penalties might apply?
The maximum penalty for someone breaking this law is five penalty units, with an infringement penalty of one penalty unit.
As of 1 July 2013, a penalty unit is valued at $144.36.
For more information call the Tobacco Information Line on 1300 136 775.
To view the legislation visit and search Tobacco Act 1987.
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