Towong Shire

Smoking Laws and Tobacco Enforcement

Smoking is the largest contributor to preventable death in Australia and is known to increase the risk of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and many other illnesses.

A number of laws have been passed in recent years to help keep the Victorian community free from tobacco-related illnesses. For example cigarette and tobacco advertising are now strictly controlled.

Towong Shire Council is responsible for ensuring all premises within the municipality comply with these laws.


Smoke free areas

All restaurants, cafes, licensed premises, shopping centres, children's playgrounds and childcare centres are now smoke-free.

From 1 April 2014, smoking has been banned at areas commonly used by children and young people for recreational and sporting activities.

Under the Tobacco Act 1987 smoking is now prohibited within 10 metres of outdoor public children’s playground equipment, skate parks, and sporting venues during organised underage sporting events, as well as in outdoor areas of public swimming pool complexes.


Further information

The Department of Health (link: Department of Health has more information on tobacco reforms and the Tobacco Act 1987 or you can contact Council.


Report to Council

You can contact Council to report incorrect practices related to smoking and tobacco. Council investigates all reports and all reports are confidential.

Last updated: 23 April 2015