Glen Eira Draft Smoke-Free Outdoor Policy

Now more than ever, we need our public spaces to be healthy, to ensure people feel welcome and invited to shop, walk, browse and socialise safely!

Early in 2020 Council endorsed a Draft Smoke-Free Outdoor Policy, with an action to create smoke-free zones in our busy, activity centres. Smoke-free zones will complement those areas that are already smoke-free and cover public spaces that include the footpath and walkways, plazas, car parks and other open spaces, with businesses and private homes excluded.

The Draft Smoke-Free Outdoor Policy aimed to:

  • reduce the impact of smoke,
  • raise community awareness of the health benefits of being smoke-free,
  • improve public amenity,
  • reduce tobacco-related litter and encourage reduction in smoking.

Working to achieve these objectives requires a whole-of-community approach and that’s why the draft policy came with a plan for communicating and working with community members, and traders.

In June, we asked you what you thought of the draft Policy and what you thought about smoke-freeing our public places and spaces.

The opportunity to provide feedback closed 21 June 2020.

Thank you to all community members who provided feedback, your thoughts and ideas were drawn on to review and refine the draft Policy and Plan. Council endorsed a revised final Policy on 21 July 2020. You can view the engagement report and the report to Council which includes the final Policy and Plan, in the document library to the right.

Now more than ever, we need our public spaces to be healthy, to ensure people feel welcome and invited to shop, walk, browse and socialise safely!

Early in 2020 Council endorsed a Draft Smoke-Free Outdoor Policy, with an action to create smoke-free zones in our busy, activity centres. Smoke-free zones will complement those areas that are already smoke-free and cover public spaces that include the footpath and walkways, plazas, car parks and other open spaces, with businesses and private homes excluded.

The Draft Smoke-Free Outdoor Policy aimed to:

  • reduce the impact of smoke,
  • raise community awareness of the health benefits of being smoke-free,
  • improve public amenity,
  • reduce tobacco-related litter and encourage reduction in smoking.

Working to achieve these objectives requires a whole-of-community approach and that’s why the draft policy came with a plan for communicating and working with community members, and traders.

In June, we asked you what you thought of the draft Policy and what you thought about smoke-freeing our public places and spaces.

The opportunity to provide feedback closed 21 June 2020.

Thank you to all community members who provided feedback, your thoughts and ideas were drawn on to review and refine the draft Policy and Plan. Council endorsed a revised final Policy on 21 July 2020. You can view the engagement report and the report to Council which includes the final Policy and Plan, in the document library to the right.

  • We Asked - You Said - We Did

    We Asked

    We asked community members what their thoughts were about extending smoke-free areas in busy shopping areas across Glen Eira. We presented the draft Policy and asked people to provide feedback on key aspects, including the objectives of creating smoke-free zones outdoors, the process to identify a smoke-free zone and mechanisms to implement a smoke-free zone (such as a new Local Law). We asked Council’s Community Voice panel what their thoughts were about rolling out initial smoke-free zones.


    You Said

    Most people who responded to our call for feedback were supportive of the introduction of smoke-free outdoor zones and said it would make them more likely to visit busy shopping/walking places in Glen Eira. Many commented on their awareness of health impacts arising from second-hand smoke and saw community benefits in discouraging smoking in busy places. But we also heard that there was a need to ensure that people who choose to smoke are not targeted, and to clearly communicate with businesses where smoking is currently permitted to ensure they are aware that a smoke-free zone would not apply to them. We heard strong support for the objectives of the draft Policy, measures to identify a zone and mechanisms to implement one. Suggestions were made for how each of these aspects could be improved. Community Voice provided a range of creative ideas and thinking for the initial roll out of smoke-free zones.


    We Did

    Community feedback was collated and drawn on to revise the draft Policy and associated Communications Plan. Feedback prompted a range of changes, such as providing more information in the draft Policy to clarify the scope of the spaces to be included in a smoke-free zone. Also, removing reference in the draft Policy to ‘no smoking’ signage, to support the introduction of signage that is less prescriptive and more inclusive. Based on community feedback, the draft Policy was amended to reference communicating progress back to the community and stakeholders following implementation and substituting 12 months for six months commencement date for Local Law enforcement. Following these changes to the draft Policy and Plan, the ideas shared by Community Voice were drawn on to support planning for the initial rolling out of smoke-free zones.

Page last updated: 22 Jul 2021, 09:04 AM