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Smoking ban at health services brought forward

Posted 26 March 2015

Smoking within four metres of government institutions, including public health services, will be banned from 13 April.

The ban was to be introduced on 30 June, but has been brought forward to the start of Victoria's next school term. Those caught will face a $147 fine.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy said: "Hospitals are where we go to heal. We want to ensure patients and their visitors aren't subjected to secondhand smoke."

The new law will apply to institutions defined under the Health Services Act 1988, including public health services and hospitals, denominational hospitals, multi-purpose services, private hospitals and registered community health services.

These institutions must display no smoking signs at pedestrian access points, but policing the bans will be a local government responsibility.

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