Smoking ban extends

A smoking ban around public transport infrastructure has been extended in Victoria

Smoking ban extends
A smoking ban in Victoria has been extended

The Victorian Government has extended a ban on smoking in bus and tram shelters to include all areas of railway stations, effective from this month.

The new arrangements extend the existing smoke-free zones, which currently only include covered areas of railway platforms and inside covered tram and bus shelters.

"Extending smoke-free areas is good news for public transport passengers and supports other government initiatives that aim to reduce the impact of tobacco and second-hand smoke on the community," says Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder.

"Around 4,000 lives are lost each year in Victoria as a result of smoking. It costs $2.4 billion in direct health costs and lost productivity every year.

"Our initiatives will help to eliminate the unpleasant experience of exposure to second-hand smoke while waiting for a train or tram."

The fine for smoking in a smoke-free area on public transport will be $212 for adult, and fines can be issued by Authorised Officers, Protective Services Officers and police.

Signs will help to raise public awareness of the extended smoke-free areas.

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