Smoke-free outdoor areas

In early 2013, the outdoor smoking ban in public places was extended. There are new restrictions affecting playgrounds, public swimming pools, sports grounds and recreational areas, public transport stops including bus stops and railway platforms, and entrances to public buildings. NSW Health Inspectors are authorised to enforce the new laws and penalties of up to $550 apply.
Click here for a summary of the new laws.

From July 2015 there will be additional new laws banning smoking in commercial outdoor dining areas.These changes are also listed in the summary above. Many local councils have already introduced bans on smoking in outdoor dining areas under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993. Where these bans exist they can continue to be enforced by local government rangers.
Outdoor cafe smokers

In adults, breathing second-hand tobacco smoke can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and other lung diseases. It can also increase the effects of other illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis.

For children, inhaling second-hand smoke is even more dangerous. This is because children's airways are smaller, and their immune systems are less developed, which makes them more likely to suffer the consequences of second-hand smoke such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke

For more information on the new laws, contact the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412 or go to the Ministry of Health website.

Summary of smoke-free outdoor areas laws
Download this summary of the laws relating to outdoor areas.








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