The City of Melbourne has a vision to become a smoke-free city where everyone can breathe easy.

We know that smoking is still the biggest contributor to preventable disease and deaths in Australia and there is more work to be done.

As part of the global Partnership for Healthy Cities network — an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies — we have developed a discussion paper and a draft policy to help us achieve our vision. The draft policy will assist in the planning and delivery of more smoke-free areas and other activities to support people to quit and reduce smoking in our city.

We're sharing our discussion paper and draft policy (MS Word 225 KB) with the community and invite you to have your say. We're also holding focus group workshops in February 2021 with highly interested and impacted stakeholders such as smokers, young people and residents as well as businesses operating in Melbourne’s central city.

You can share your feedback by:

  1. Completing the survey below.
  2. Attending one of our online workshops.
  3. Joining us for a pop-up conversation.
  4. Registering to be part of our community panel.
  5. Answering the quick poll on our project overview page.

Towards Smoke-free Melbourne 2025




  • Timeline item 1 - active

    Community consultation

    Discussion paper and draft policy are released for consultation.

    From 25 November 2020

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Pop-up conversations

    Pop-up conversations across the city to speak face-to-face with locals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

    February 2021

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Online workshops

    Workshops with highly interested and impacted stakeholders.

    March 2021

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Community panel

    Panel to consider community feedback, discuss the Towards Smoke-free Melbourne 2025 draft policy and weigh up options to support its implementation.

    Date TBC

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Feedback reviewed

    Feedback from consultation reviewed and incorporated into draft policy.

    April to May 2021

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    ​Draft policy presented to Future Melbourne Committee

    Draft policy presented to Council for endorsement.

    June 2021

Project overview

Learn more about our draft policy and vision for moving towards a smoke-free Melbourne.


Contact us

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