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Published Friday 14 June 2019

Tobacco retailers get the message

Mitchell Shire Council is pleased that the message is getting through to tobacco retailers about the illegal sale of cigarettes to minors following a successful compliance audit earlier this year.

In conjunction with the Tobacco Act 1987 and in partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), two environmental Health officers accompanied a trained minor to carry out audits in local businesses who sell tobacco-based products and paraphernalia.

For the first time in five years, all businesses were compliant with the act and zero infringements or warnings were issued.

There were eight infringement or warnings issued from 2015 until 2018 with the number of breaches declining year on year since 2017.

Mitchell Shire Council takes health and wellbeing seriously, and regularly conduct audits across all industry to ensure our residents are safe.

Outdoor dining areas and public spaces throughout Mitchell Shire are all smoke free in compliance with the Tobacco Amendment Act 2016.

In Mitchell Shire, smoking is banned within 10 metres of all recreational areas where children play. This includes:

  • Skate parks
  • Sporting venues and during sporting events
  • Play spaces
  • Indoor areas
  • Public swimming pools

As part of Mitchell Shire Council’s Health and Wellbeing Profile 2017 – 2021, we are committed to reducing the rates of smoking, alcohol consumption, sugary drink consumption and obesity. While increasing the level of exercise and intake of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Quotes Attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“I am pleased to hear that all businesses audited were compliant with the law and everyone is playing their part in protecting children throughout our community,” he said.

“Due to the hard work from our Environmental Health Officers and proactive community, businesses are compliant with the Tobacco Act. But, as part of Mitchell Shire’s health profile, it revealed smoking rates were increasing in our community. We still have some work to do.

“I commend everybody’s proactive approach toward making sure we are a healthy, vibrant community.”

Key statistics
  • 33 per cent of residents in Mitchell Shire are ex-smokers. This is compared to 24 per cent across Victoria and 22 per cent in Whittlesea. (Mitchell Shire Health Profile, 2017)
  • 12 per cent of Victorian adults are daily smokers (Victorian Population Health Survey, 2016)
  • Eight infringements against the Tobacco Act have been issued since 2015, however, there were none in 2019 (Mitchell Shire Council, 2019)
  • The number of breaches has declined year on year since 2017

Tobacco Act infringements or warnings issues to businesses in Mitchell Shire

  • 2015 – 1
  • 2016 – 2
  • 2017 – 3
  • 2018 – 2
  • 2019 – 0