Victorians can breathe easier while dining outside at cafes and restaurants following the introduction of new smokefree laws across Victoria from August 1. Smokefree areas are important to protect workers and patrons from the dangers of secondhand smoke and to make outdoor dining more enjoyable for everyone – so what can you do if someone is puffing away in a smokefree area?
Firstly, it's worth remembering that most smokers want to do the right thing. Mostly there are signs to indicate that an area is smokefree, but people may still be unaware that they cannot smoke in a particular spot. There's no need to feel uncomfortable about approaching someone and asking them not to smoke in a smokefree area. Here are some tips to make it easy.
Cancer Council WA has developed a helpful video for hospital workers showing how to approach people smoking in various scenarios. While these scenarios are hospital-based, they may be useful for other situations.