Tobacco Legislation

Tobacco and e-cigarette display, sale and use requirements

The Tobacco Act 1987 regulates the display, sale and use of tobacco and e-cigarette products.

Reducing smoking rates amongst young people continues to be a very important public health priority and retailers have a responsibility to prevent people under 18 years of age from purchasing tobacco or e-cigarettes from their businesses.  

Our Environmental Health Officers conduct regular visits to tobacco and e-cigarette retailers within City of Yarra to provide information and ensure compliance under the Tobacco Act including:

  • Smoke free dining including at outdoor food events
  • No sales to minors (under 18 year olds) by conducting a test purchase program
  • Display and advertising requirements
  • Smoke free areas around hospital, school and childcare entrances, playgrounds and under age sporting events
  • Display of no smoking signage 

Further information regarding the tobacco and e-cigarette requirements for businesses or members of the public can be accessed below.



Reporting a breach of tobacco laws

If you believe a premises is in breach of the tobacco laws please submit a report to us.

Information we need to investigate:

  • Address of premises
  • Description of issue
  • Date of the offence

If the issue is occurring now call 9205 5555 to speak with our Public Health team.

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