New laws on smoke free outdoor areas were introduced in January 2013 as part of Section 6A of the Smoke Free Environment Act 2000.
Since 7 January 2013 smoking is banned:
- Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public spaces.
- Swimming pool complexes.
- Spectator areas at sports grounds (whilst an organised sporting event is being held).
- Transport stops and stations.
- Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building.
From 6 July 2015, smoking will also not be allowed in commercial outdoor dining areas.
The new laws are part of a series of measures and initiatives by the NSW Government to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and tobacco-related harm, and prevent the uptake of smoking in the community.
The community is encouraged to report if the outdoor laws have been broken by reporting online here.
Health Promotion works with Local Government and other enforcement agencies to support the implementation and promotion of the new laws and local smoke free policies that Councils have initiated themselves prior to the new laws.