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Outdoor areas in Victorian restaurants to be a smoke-free zone from mid-2017

Anti-smoking groups express concern over two-year delay but health minister says businesses need time to make changes before tobacco ban comes into place

Melissa Davey

Recent statistics by Victorian Cancer Council estimates about 4,000 lives are lost in each state each year due to smoking

Smoking will be banned in the outdoor dining areas of all restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licensed premises in Victoria, the state’s health minister, Jill Hennessy, announced on Sunday.

But the ban won’t take effect until August 2017, with the government set to consult with health and industry groups over the coming months to flesh out the detail of the reforms.


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