Tobacco Legislation Enforcement
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Over the past few years a number of new laws controlling tobacco have come into effect in Victoria. The Victorian Tobacco Control Strategy 2008–2013 is a major Victorian Government initiative which will make important advances in the fight against cancer and the epidemic of preventable chronic disease.
Council’s Health Unit offers advice and assistance on all tobacco and smoking related issues and responds to all tobacco related complaints. An annual tobacco test purchasing program is conducted to ensure that tobacco retailers within the municipality are not selling cigarettes to persons under the age of 18 years. Additionally, annual inspections of all tobacco retailers and licensed premises with outdoor dining/drinking areas are accessed for compliance under the Tobacco Act 1987.
There are current tobacco reforms taking place from 1st January 2011 including:
- A ban on smoking in cars if a person under 18 years is present.
- A ban on sale of cigarettes at temporary outlets (e.g. horse races).
- A ban on certain fruit flavoured cigarettes.
- A ban on display of tobacco products.
Warrnambool City Council
Phone: (03) 5559 4800
Fax: (03) 5559 4900