Amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 (NSW) will come into force next week, further restricting tobacco smoking in public areas in New South Wales.
Smoking is already banned in enclosed public areas in NSW.
From 7 January 2013, smoking will also be banned in the following outdoor places:
- within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public places
- public swimming pools
- spectator areas of sports venues
- public transport stops/platforms (including bus stops and taxi ranks)
- within 4 metres of entrances to public buildings
Furthermore, from 6 July 2015 smoking will also be banned in commercial outdoor dining areas (i.e. al fresco).
Australia is a world leader in tobacco harm reduction. It’s good to see further action being taken to protect public health through reducing exposure to second-hand smoke.
More information: health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Pages/smokefree-areas-faq.aspx